2002 - 23rd W.C. Handy Blues Awards

Acoustic Blues Album of The Year

Chris Thomas King, Legend of Tommy Johnson
Honeyboy Edwards, Mississippi Delta Blues Man
John Hammond, Wicked Grin
Maria Muldaur, Richland Woman Blues
Otis Taylor, White African
 
Acoustic Blues Artist of The Year
Corey Harris
Eric Bibb
Honeyboy Edwards
John Hammond
Keb' Mo'
Louisiana Red
 
Best New Artist Debut
Harry "Big Daddy" Hypolite-Louisiana Country Boy
Otis Taylor - White African
Paul Reddick & The Sidemen-Rattlebag
Rico McFarland-Tired of Being Alone
The Crudup Brothers-Franktown Blues
 
Blues Album of The Year
John Hammond, Wicked Grin
Kid Ramos, Greasy Kid Stuff
Kim Wilson, Smokin' Joint
Marcia Ball, Presumed Innocent
Otis Taylor, White African
 
Blues Band of The Year
Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets with Sam Myers
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers
The Holmes Brothers
 
Blues Entertainer of The Year
B.B. King
Bobby Rush
Ike Turner
Marcia Ball
Rod Piazza
Shemekia Copeland
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Bass
Bill Stuve
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones
Johnny B. Gayden
Larry Taylor
Willie Kent
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Drums
George Rains
Jimi Bott
Sam Carr
Sam Lay
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Guitar
Buddy Guy
Duke Robillard
Jimmie Vaughan
Kid Ramos
Ronnie Earl
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Charlie Musselwhite
James Cotton
Kim Wilson
Rod Piazza
Snooky Pryor
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Keyboards
Dr. John
Henry Butler
Henry Gray
Honey Piazza
Marcia Ball
Pinetop Perkins
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Other
Boozoo Chavis (accordion)
Buckwheat Zydeco (accordion)
C.J. Chenier (accordion)
Clarence Gatemouth Brown (fiddle)
Sonny Rhodes (lap steel)
 
Blues Instrumentalists-Horns
Eddie Shaw
Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff
Memphis Horns
Roomful Of Blues Horns
Sax Gordon
 
Blues Song of the Year: Song Title - Composer (Artist/Album Title)
“Charlie's Old Highway 51 Blues” Charlie Musselwhite (Kid Ramos/Greasy Kid Stuff)
“Gratitude Is Riches (And Complaint Is Poverty” James Harman (Kid Ramos/Greasy Kid Stuff)
Kokomo” - Eric Bibb (Eric Bibb/Painting Signs)
“My Soul's in Louisiana” Otis Taylor (Otis Taylor/White African)
“S.U.V.” - Mem Shannon (Mem Shannon/Memphis in the Morning)
 
Comeback Blues Album of The Year
Dick Heckstall Smith, Blues and Beyond
Henry Gray, Plays Chicago Blues
Ike Turner, Here and Now
James Montgomery Blues Band, Bring It On Home
 
Contemporary Blues Album of The Year
Buddy Guy, Sweet Tea
Jimmie Vaughan, Do You Get The Blues?
Kim Wilson, Smokin' Joint
Marcia Ball, Presumed Innocent
The Holmes Brothers, Speaking in Tongues
 
Contemporary Blues-Female Artist of The Year
Debbie Davies
Deborah Coleman
Marcia Ball
Maria Muldaur
Shemekia Copeland
 
Contemporary Blues-Male Artist of The Year
Buddy Guy
Chris Thomas King
Kid Ramos
Kim Wilson
Larry Garner
Rod Piazza
 
Historical Blues Album of The Year
Charley Patton, Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues
Lightnin' Hopkins, Lightnin' and the Blues: The Herald Session
Magic Sam, The Essential Magic Sam: Cobra & Chief Recordings
Mississippi Fred McDowell, I Do Not Play No Rock 'n' Roll
Muddy Waters, Fathers and Sons
 
Soul/Blues Album of The Year
Curtis Salgado, Soul Activated
Ike Turner, Here and Now
Little Milton, Feel It
Mighty Sam McClain, Sweet Dreams
Terry Evans, Mississippi Magic
 
Soul/Blues Female Artist of The Year
E.C. Scott
Etta James
Francine Reed
Irma Thomas
Toni Lynn Washington
 
Soul/Blues Male Artist of The Year
Bobby Rush
Ike Turner
Little Milton Campbell
Mighty Sam McClain
Otis Clay
 
Traditional Blues Album of The Year
Billy Boy Arnold, Boogie N Shuffle
Henry Gray, Plays Chicago Blues
Kid Ramos, Greasy Kid Stuff
Odetta, Looking for a Home
R.L. Burnside, Burnside on Burnside
 
Traditional Blues Female Artist of The Year
Alberta Adams
Ann Rabson
Big Time Sarah
Koko Taylor
Odetta
 
Traditional Blues Male Artist of The Year
Henry Gray
James Cotton
Magic Slim
R.L. Burnside
Robert Lockwood, Jr.