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22nd Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards


And the winners are:

* Blues Band of the Year: Taj Mahal & the Phantom Blues Band
* Traditional Blues Album: Son Seals, Lettin' Go
* Acoustic Blues Album: Robert Lockwood, Jr., Delta Crossroads
* Historical Album: Otis Spann, Last Call
* Soul Male Artist of the Year: Little Milton
* Comeback Blues Album: Mel Brown, Neck Bones & Caviar
* Soul Blues Album: Irma Thomas, Wicked
* Contemporary Male Artist: Eddy Clearwater
* Traditional Female Artist: Koko Taylor
* Acoustic Blues Artist: Keb' Mo'
* Blues Entertainer of the Year: B.B. King
* Contemporary Blues Album: B.B. King and Eric Clapton, Riding with the King
* Contemporary Female Artist: Shemekia Copeland
* Soul Female Artist of the Year: Etta James
* Traditional Male Artist : James Cotton
* Best New Artist Debut: North Mississippi Allstars, Shake Hands with Shorty
* Blues Instrumentalist Guitar: Duke Robillard
* Blues Instrumentalist Harmonica:Charlie Musselwhite
* Blues Instrumentalists Bass: Willie Kent
* Blues Instrumentalists Drums: Chris Layton
* Blues Instrumentalists Horns: Roomful Of Blues Horns
* Blues Instrumentalists Keyboard: Pinetop Perkins
* Blues Instrumentalists Other (Fiddle): Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown