28th Annual Blues Music Awards

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The ceremony honoring the winners of the 28th annual Blues Music Awards, formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards was held on May 10, 2007 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Charlie Musselwhite was the big winner, taking home four awards for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Traditional Blues Album of the Year, and Harmonica Player of the Year. To be eligible, recordings must have been released between November 1, 2005 and October 31, 2006. What follows is the complete list of nominations, with the winners highlighted in bold:

Category 1 - Acoustic Album of the Year

Lost & Found
John Long

Bob Brozman
Blues Reflex

Skunkmello
Guy Davis

The Lady and Mr. Johnson
Rory Block

Shoulder to Shoulder
Cephas & Wiggins

Category 2 - Acoustic Artist of the Year

Cephas & Wiggins

David "Honeyboy" Edwards

Paul Oscher

Rory Block

Guy Davis

Category 3 - Album of the Year

Delta Hardware
Charlie Musselwhite

Watermelon Slim & the Workers
Watermelon Slim & the Workers

After the Rain
Irma Thomas

Do I Move You?
Janiva Magness

Live at Chan's
Nick Moss & the Flip Tops

Category 4 - B.B. King Entertainer of the Year

Bobby Rush

Bettye LaVette

Tab Benoit

Watermelon Slim

Lil' Ed

Category 5 - Band of the Year

Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials

Mannish Boys

Nick Moss & the Flip Tops

Watermelon Slim & the Workers

Magic Slim & the Teardrops

Category 6 - Best New Artist Debut

People Gonna Talk
James Hunter

Put It in the Alley
The Kilborn Alley Blues Band

Change the Weather
Eric Lindell

Mississippi Soul
Slick Ballinger

Take the Gamble
Dave Gross

Category 7 - Comeback Album of the Year

Sweet Soulful Music
Andy Fairweather-Low

Flyin' Too High
Chicago Bob Nelson

Bronx in Blue
Dion

Precious Little
Jeremy Spencer

Last Man Standing
Jerry Lee Lewis

Category 8 - Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year

Marcia Ball

E.G. Kight

Barbara Blue

Janiva Magness

Shemekia Copeland

Category 9 - Contemporary Blues Album of the Year

Do I Move You?
Janiva Magness

Prodigal Son
Michael Powers

We the People
Guitar Shorty

Lucky 13
Fiona Boyes

Big Ol' Fiya
John Mooney

Category 10 - Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year

Kim Wilson

Tab Benoit

Guitar Shorty

Ronnie Baker Brooks

Michael Powers

Category 11 - Historical Album of the Year

Live at Theresa's 1975
Junior Wells
[Delmark Records]

Larger Than Life
Hollywood Fats Band
[Delta Groove Productions]

All Your Love I Miss Loving (Live at the Wise Fools Pub)
Otis Rush
[Delmark Records]

Live at the Electric Ballroom 1974
Freddie King
[Shout! Factory]

Hooker
John Lee Hooker
[Shout! Factory]

Category 12 - Instrumentalist - Bass

Bob Stroger

Larry Taylor

Mookie Brill

Bill Stuve

Calvin "Fuzz" Jones

Category 13 - Instrumentalist - Drums

Willie "Big Eyes" Smith

Sam Carr

Sam Lay

Jimi Bott

Richard Innes

Category 14 - Instrumentalist - Guitar

Duke Robillard

Kid Ramos

Lurrie Bell

Nick Moss

Guitar Shorty

Hubert Sumlin

Category 15 - Instrumentalist - Harmonica

Charlie Musselwhite

Kim Wilson

Mark Hummel

Billy Branch

Big George Brock

James Harman

Mitch Kashmar

Category 16 - Instrumentalist - Horn

Deanna Bogart

Kaz Kazanoff

Calvin Owens

Eddie Shaw

Doug James

Greg Piccolo

Category 17 - Instrumentalist - Other

Robert Randolph
Steel Guitar

Rich Del Grosso
Mandolin

Otis Taylor
Banjo

Sonny Rhodes
Steel Guitar

Guy Davis
Banjo

Category 18 - Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year

Mitch Woods

Marcia Ball

Floyd Dixon

Henry Butler

Dr. John

Honey Piazza

Category 19 - Song of the Year

Icicles in My Meat Loaf
Ed Williams
[From Lil' Ed & the Imperials - Rattleshake

Hard Times
William Homans
[From Watermelon Slim & the Workers - Watermelon Slim & the Workers

Church Is Out
Charlie Musselwhite
[From Charlie Musselwhite - Delta Hardware

Baptized in Dirty Water
Chris Thomas King
[From Chris Thomas King - Rise

Prodigal Son
Michael Powers
[From Michael Powers - Prodigal Son

Category 20 - Soul Blues Album of the Year

Standing at the Crossroads
Frankie Lee

After the Rain
Irma Thomas

Master of the Game
Jackie Payne & Steve Edmonson Band

Heart & Soul
Johnny Rawls

I Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog No More
Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra

People Gonna Talk
James Hunter

I'm Still Here
Trudy Lynn

Category 21 - Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year

Bettye LaVette

Irma Thomas

Trudy Lynn

Mavis Staples

Sugar Pie DeSanto

Category 22 - Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year

Bobby Rush

Frankie Lee

Mighty Sam McClain

Solomon Burke

Jackie Payne

Category 23 - Traditional Blues Album of the Year

Live in Dallas
Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen

Delta Hardware
Charlie Musselwhite

Live at Chan's
Nick Moss & the Flip Tops

Round Two
Big George Brock

Watermelon Slim & the Workers
Watermelon Slim & the Workers

Category 24 - Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year

Zora Young

Diunna Greenleaf

Etta James

Nora Jean Bruso

Ruth Brown

Category 25 - Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year

Charlie Musselwhite

Robert Lockwood, Jr.

Big George Brock

Hubert Sumlin

Watermelon Slim

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