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They Got The Blues–And That’s Good

The winners of the Blues Foundation’s 22nd Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards have been announced. The May 24 event, hosted by Dr. John in Memphis, Tenn., honored an array of folks who’ve got it bad, but in a good way–well, at least in a good enough way to have won an award. In other words, they’ve got the blues, but not so badly that they can’t pick up their instruments and sing about ’em really well–the blues that is.

B.B. King (pictured left), Shemekia Copeland and Etta James were the biggest winners. Multiple honors were bestowed upon B.B. King for Blues Entertainer of the Year, and Contemporary Blues Album with Eric Clapton for Riding With the King. The Best Contemporary Female artist award went to Shemekia Copeland, who also came in a winner for the Blues Album of the Year category for Wicked. Etta James was honored for Soul Female Artist of the Year, and her life long contribution was recognized with her induction into The Blues Hall of Fame.

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