Mavis Staples, Robert Randolph Among W.C. Handy Award Winners

Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite led the field with three trophies each at the 26th W.C. Handy Awards, held last night (May 5) in Memphis. Staples won best album and best soul album for “Have a Little Faith,” and was also named top female soul artist.

Musselwhite’s latest release, “Sanctuary,” won best contemporary album. He was also named best contemporary artist and best blues harmonica player.

B.B. King earned his seventh consecutive entertainer of the year trophy, while the Holmes Brothers were named best blues band and John Lee Hooker Jr. won best new artist debut for “Blues With a Vengeance.”

Here are the W.C. Handy Awards winners:

Acoustic blues album: Double Take Kenny Neal and Billy Branch

Acoustic blues artist: David “Honeyboy” Edwards

New artist debut: “Blues With a Vengeance,” John Lee Hooker Jr.

Blues album: “Have a Little Faith,” Mavis Staples

Blues band: the Holmes Brothers

Blues bass: Willie Kent

Blues drums: Willie “Big Eyes” Smith

Blues entertainer: B.B. King

Blues guitar: Bob Margolin

Blues harmonica: Charlie Musselwhite

Blues horns: Roomful Of Blues Horns

Blues instrumentalist: Robert Randolph

Blues keyboards: Marcia Ball

Blues song: “Have a Little Faith,” Jim Tullio and Jim Weider

Comeback blues album: “Back in 20,” Gary U.S. Bonds

Contemporary blues album: “Sanctuary,” Charlie Musselwhite

Contemporary blues artist: Charlie Musselwhite

Contemporary blues artist: Shemekia Copeland

Historical blues album: “Release the Hound,” Hound Dog Taylor

Soul blues album: “Have a Little Faith,” Mavis Staples

Soul blues artist: Mavis Staples

Soul blues artist: Bobby Rush

Traditional blues album: “Ladies Man,” Pinetop Perkins

Traditional blues artist: Koko Taylor

Traditional blues artist: Pinetop Perkins


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