1999 LIVING BLUES AWARDS

Living Blues Awards for 1999

Readers’ Awards:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
B.B. King

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Shemekia Copeland

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Shemekia Copeland

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Guitar):
B.B. King

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Harmonica):
Carey Bell

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Keyboards):
Pinetop Perkins

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Guitar):
Alvin Youngblood Hart

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Best Blues Album of 1998 (New Recording):
B.B. King, Blues On the Bayou (MCA)

Best Blues Album of 1998 (Historical Recording):
Junior Wells, Blues Hit Big Town (Delmark)

Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
B.B. King

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Shemekia Copeland

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Bobby “Blue” Bland

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Harmonica):
Snooky Pryor

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Keyboards):
Pinetop Perkins

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Drums):
Sam Carr

Critics’ Awards:

Blues Artist of the Year (Male):
B.B. King

Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
Shemekia Copeland

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
Bobby “Blue” Bland

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Guitar):
Alvin Youngblood Hart

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Harmonica):
Snooky Pryor

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Keyboards):
Pinetop Perkins

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Drums):
Sam Carr

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Bass):
Willie Kent

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Other instrument):
Otha Turner (fife)

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Sax, Trumpet, or Horn Section):
Eddie Shaw

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Comeback Artist of the Year:
Roy Gaines

Artist Most Deserving of Wider Recognition:
Big Lucky Carter

Best Blues Album of 1998 (New Recording-Contemporary):
B.B. King, Blues On the Bayou (MCA)

Best Blues Album of 1998 (New Recording-All Types):
Alvin Youngblood Hart, Territory (Hannibal)

Best Blues Album of 1998 (New Recording-Traditional or Acoustic):
Alvin Youngblood Hart, Territory (Hannibal)

Best Blues Album of 1998 (New Recording-Soul/Blues):
Little Milton, For Real (Malaco)

Best Debut Album of 1998:
Shemekia Copeland, Turn the Heat Up (Alligator)

Best Blues Album of 1998 (Historical-Postwar):
Junior Wells, Blues Hit Big Town (Delmark)

Best Blues Album of 1998 (Historical-Postwar):
Various Artists, Ruckus Juice & Chittlins: The Great Jug Bands, Vols. 1 & 2 (Yazoo)

Producers of the Year (New Recordings):
Wolf Stephenson & Tommy Couch, Malaco Records

Producer/Compiler of the Year (Historical Recordings):
Don Kent, Yazoo Records

Best Liner Notes, 1998 Blues Release:
David Evans & Mike Vernon for Big Lucky Carter, Lucky 13 (Blueside)

Best Cover Art/Photo, 1998 Blues Release:
Patterson-Barnes (artists)/Errol Dillon (photographer),
Dennis Heckler-DDL (graphic design),
for Bobby Bland, Memphis Monday Morning (Malaco)

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