Buddy Guy Sweeps 32nd Blues Music Awards

Chicago blues icon Buddy Guy owns the night...
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Steve Miller - 32nd Blues Music Awards

Steve Miller Band opened the 32nd Blues Music Awards in Memphis but the night belonged to the legendary Buddy Guy, who swept all five categories in which he was nominated. Guy won Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, BB King Entertainer Of The Year, Contemporary Blues Male Artist, and Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year.

Guy was not the only multiple award-winner on the night. The late Solomon Burke won two awards, accepted by his daughter Candy. Charlie Musselwhite and Derek Trucks also won two awards each.

In addition to the awards, there were memorable performances by Guy and nominees like Miller, Peter Parcek 3, and Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King but it was newly enshrined Hall of Famer Denise LaSalle that brought the house down with an explosive, bawdy showcase. 

There were tributes to Burke, Pinetop Perkins, and Robin Rogers, three nominees who passed away this past year among the performances. All three of them won at least one award.

Here is a complete list of the 2011 Blues Music Award winners:

Acoustic Album of the Year
Last Train to Bluesville

The Nighthawks

Acoustic Artist of the Year

John Hammond

Album of the Year

Living Proof

Buddy Guy

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year

Buddy Guy

Band of the Year

The Derek Trucks Band 

Best New Artist Debut

On the Floor
Matt Hill

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year

Living Proof
Buddy Guy

Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year

Robin Rogers

Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year

Buddy Guy


Ruf Records
Songs from the Road
(Luther Allison)

Historical Album of the Year

Delta Groove
Harmonica Blues
(Bob Corritore & Friends)


Bob Stroger


Cedric Burnside


Derek Trucks


Charlie Musselwhite


Eddie Shaw


Sonny Rhodes (Lap Steel Guitar)

Koko Taylor Award

Ruthie Foster

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player

Dr. John

Rock Blues Album of the Year

Live! In Chicago
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band featuring Hubert Sumlin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Bryan Lee and Buddy Flett

Song of the Year

"Living Proof"
Tom Hambridge/Buddy Guy

Soul Blues Album of the Year

Nothing's Impossible
Solomon Burke

Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year

Irma Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year

Solomon Burke

Traditional Blues Album of the Year

Joined At the Hip
Pinetop Perkins & Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith

Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year

Charlie Musselwhite