FIVE ALLIGATOR ARTISTS RECEIVE ELEVEN BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS
Toronzo Cannon Leads With Four, Followed By Curtis Salgado With Three
Lil' Ed Williams Receives Two Award Nominations
Shemekia Copeland and Moreland & Arbuckle Receive One Nomination Each
On Monday, January 9, 2017, The Blues Foundation announced the nominees for the 38th Annual Blues Music Awards, the blues world's highest honors. Five Alligator recording artists received a total of eleven nominations.
Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon received four nominations, including Album Of The Year and Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year for his Alligator debut, The Chicago Way. He was also nominated for Song Of The Year (for Walk It Off) and Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year. Cannon has one previous nomination.
Soul and R&B singer Curtis Salgado received three nominations including Soul Blues Album Of The Year (for The Beautiful Lowdown) and Song Of The Year (for Walk A Mile In My Blues). He also received a nod for Soul Blues Male Artist of The Year. Salgado has 13 previous nominations and five wins.
Lil' Ed Williams received two top nominations, one for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year, the other for the coveted Band Of The Year for Lil' Ed And The Blues Imperials. Williams has 20 previous nominations and two wins.
Singing sensation Shemekia Copeland received a nomination for Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year. Copeland has 34 previous nominations and has won a total of eight awards.
Moreland & Arbuckle received a nomination in the Best Blues Rock Album Of The Year category for their Alligator debut, Promised Land Or Bust. This is the group's first nomination.
The 38th Annual Blues Music Awards will be presented in Memphis on May 11, 2017 at the Cook Convention Center.
Alligator artists and nominations are as follows:
Album Of The Year: The Chicago Way
Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year: The Chicago Way
Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year
Song Of The Year: Walk It Off, by Toronzo Cannon
Soul Blues Album Of The Year: The Beautiful Lowdown
Soul Blues Male Artist Of The Year
Song Of The Year: Walk A Mile In My Blues, by David Duncan, Curtis Salgado and Mike Finnigan
B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year - Lil' Ed Williams
Band Of The Year - Lil' Ed And The Blues Imperials
Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year
Rock Blues Album Of The Year: Promised Land Or Bust