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2002 W.C. Handy Blues Award Winners

“Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years,” said Ike Turner (pictured) as he accepted his 2002 W.C. Handy Blues Award for Comeback Album of the Year. Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith yelled at him telling him to quit hemmin’ and hawin’, accept the award and get off the stage. Newcomer Otis Taylor tried to conceal his sweat as he accepted his award for Best New Artist of the Year and shared the spotlight with giants like Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and the original Hoochie Coochie Man, Muddy Waters, a legend with clout so strong he collars awards from beyond the grave. All proceeds for the event went to The Blues Foundation.

And, the winner is…

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