1999 - 20th W.C. Handy Blues Awards

Acoustic Blues Album of The Year

Alvin Youngblood Hart-Territory
Chris Thomas King-Red Mud
Guy Davis-You Don't Know My Mind
Henry Butler-Blues After Sunset
Rory Block-Confessions of a Blues Singer
 
Acoustic Blues Artist of The Year
Alvin Youngblood Hart
David "Honeyboy" Edwards
Guy Davis
John Hammond
Keb' Mo'
 
Best New Blues Artist
Bernard Allison
Chris Thomas King
Johnnie Bassett
Shemekia Copeland
Susan Tedeschi
 
Blues Artist Most Deserving Wider Recognition
Carl Weathersby
Darrel Nulisch
Eddy Clearwater
Finis Tasby
Larry Garner
Larry McCray
Roy Gaines
W.C. Clark
 
Blues Band of The Year
Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets featuring Sam Myers
B.B. King Orchestra
Magic Slim & the Teardrops
Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers
Roomful of Blues
Walter "Wolfman" Washington & The Roadmasters
 
Blues Entertainer of The Year
B.B. King
Bobby Rush
Joe Louis Walker
Johnny Adams
Rod Piazza
Taj Mahal
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Bass
Bill Stuve
Johnny B. Gayden
Nick Holt
Sarah Brown
Willie Kent
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Drums
Popsy Dixon
Ray Allison
Sam Carr
Sam Lay
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Guitar
Carl Weathersby
Duke Robillard
Joe Louis Walker
Johnnie Bassett
Otis Rush
Ronnie Earl
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Carey Bell
Charlie Musselwhite
Kim Wilson
Paul De Lay
Rod Piazza
Snooky Pryor
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Keyboards
Charles Brown
Dr. John
Honey Piazza
Marcia Ball
Pinetop Perkins
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Other
Eddie Shaw (Sax)
Freddie Roulette (Lap Steel)
Gatemouth Brown (Violin)
Kaz Kazanoff (Sax)
Sonny Rhodes (Lap Steel)
 
Blues Song of The Year-Song title and writer
"Cadillac Blues" by Robert Codish (Johnnie Bassett/Cadillac Blues)
"Cool Blues Walk" by Eddy Clearwater (Eddy Clearwater/Cool Blues Walk)
"Fourteen Dollars in the Bank" by Paul De Lay (Paul De Lay Band/Nice & Strong)
"Soon As I Get Paid" by Kevin Moore and John Lewis Parker (Keb' Mo'/Slow Down)
"Turn the Heat Up" by John Hahn and Jimmy Vivino (Shemekia Copeland/Turn the Heat Up)
 
Comeback Blues Album of The Year
Al King-It's Rough Out Here
Dave Myers-You Can't Do That
Johnny Jones-I Was Raised on the Blues
Pete Mayes-For Pete's Sake
Peter Green-Robert Johnson Songbook
Texas Johnny Brown-Nothin but the Truth
 
Contemporary Blues Album of The Year
B.B. King-Blues on the Bayou
Joe Louis Walker-Preacher & the President
Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, Tracy Nelson-Sing It
Otis Rush-Any Place I'm Goin'
Shemekia Copeland-Turn the Heat Up
Susan Tedeschi-Just Won't Burn
 
Contemporary Blues Female Artist of The Year
Deborah Coleman
Marcia Ball
Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas & Tracy Nelson
Shemekia Copeland
Susan Tedeschi
 
Contemporary Blues Male Artist of The Year
B.B. King
Buddy Guy
Carl Weathersby
Joe Louis Walker
Keb' Mo'
 
Reissue Album of The Year
Blind Pig Records for George "Harmonica" Smith's Now You Can Talk About Me
Delmark Records for Jimmy Dawkins' Fast Fingers
Delmark Records for Junior Wells' Blues Hit Big Town
Delmark Records for Robert Nighthawk's Bricks in my Pillow
MCA Records for B.B. King's Live at the Regal
Ruf Records for Luther Allison's Hand Me Down My Moonshine
 
Soul/Blues Album of The Year
Bobby "Blue" Bland-Live on Beale Street
Etta James-Life, Love, & The Blues
Johnny Adams-Man of My Word
Little Milton-For Real
Mighty Sam McClain-Journey
W.C. Clark-Lover's Plea
 
Soul/Blues Female Artist of The Year
E.C. Scott
Etta James
Irma Thomas
Lavelle White
Ruth Brown
 
Soul/Blues Male Artist of The Year
Bobby "Blue" Bland
Bobby Rush
Johnny Adams
Little Milton
Mighty Sam McClain
 
Traditional Blues Album of The Year
David "Honeyboy" Edwards-World Don't Owe Me Nothing
Guy Davis-You Don't Know My Mind
John Hammond-Long As I Have You
Johnnie Bassett-Cadillac Blues
Robert Lockwood, Jr.-I Got to Find Me a Woman
 
Traditional Blues Female Artist of The Year
Annie Raines
Bonnie Lee
Koko Taylor
Rory Block
Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women
 
Traditional Blues Male Artist of The Year
Big Jack Johnson
David "Honeyboy" Edwards
Johnnie Bassett
Magic Slim
R.L. Burnside
Robert Lockwood Jr.
Snooky Pryor