1998 - 19th W.C. Handy Blues Awards

Acoustic Blues Album of The Year

Ann Rabson: Music Makin' Mama (Alligator)
Corey Harris: Fish Ain't Bitin' (Alligator)
John Mooney: Dealin' with the Devil (Ruf Records)
Kelly Joe Phelps: Roll Away the Stone (Rykodisc)
Philadelphia Jerry Ricks: Deep in the Well (Rooster)
 
Acoustic Blues Artist of The Year
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Corey Harris
Keb' Mo'
Kelly Joe Phelps
Philadelphia Jerry Ricks
 
Best New Blues Artist
Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones
Chico Banks
Chris Beard
Johnny "Yard Dog" Jones
Super Chikan
 
Blues Band of The Year
B.B. King Orchestra
Joe Louis Walker & the Bosstalkers
Luther Allison & the James Solberg Band
Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers
Roomful of Blues
The Holmes Brothers
 
Blues Entertainer of The Year
B.B. King
Bobby Rush
Luther Allison
Rod Piazza
Ruth Brown
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Bass
Aron Burton
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones
Johnny B. Gayden
Sister Sarah Brown
Willie Kent
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Drums
Jimi Bott
Ray "Killer" Allison
Sam Carr
Sam Lay
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Big Jack Johnson
Duke Robillard
Joe Louis Walker
Luther Allison
Ronnie Earl
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Carey Bell
Charlie Musselwhite
James Cotton
Rod Piazza
Sam Myers
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Keyboards
Charles Brown
David Maxwell
Floyd Dixon
Honey Piazza
Johnnie Johnson
Marcia Ball
Pinetop Perkins
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Other
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Violin
Eddie Shaw - Saxophone
Kaz Kazanoff - Saxophone
Roomful of Blues - Horn Section
Sonny Rhodes - Lapsteel Guitar
 
Blues Song of The Year: Song Title-Composer (Artist/Album Title)
"Don't Take My Blues" Eddy Clearwater (BMI) (Eddy Clearwater/Mean Case of the Blues)
"Leavin' Here Walkin" Jimmy Burns (BMI) (Jimmy Burns/Leavin' Here Walkin')
"Living in the House of the Blues" Jerry Lynn Williams (ASCAP) (Luther Allison/Reckless)
"Low Down Dirty Blues" Joe Louis Walker (BMI) (Joe Louis Walker/Great Guitars)
"The Man from Mars" Smokey Wilson (BMI) (Smokey Wilson/The Man from Mars)
 
Comeback Blues Album of The Year
Eddie King: Another Cow Is Dead (Roesch)
Freddie Roulette: Back in Chicago (Hi Horse)
Jelly Roll Kings: Off Yonder Wall (Fat Possum)
Jimmy Burns: Leavin' Here Walkin' (Delmark)
King Ernest: King of Hearts (Evidence)
Philadelphia Jerry Ricks: Deep in the Well (Rooster)
 
Contemporary Blues Album of The Year
Joe Louis Walker: Great Guitars (Verve)
Long John Hunter: Swinging from the Rafters (Alligator)
Luther Allison: Reckless (Alligator)
Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers: Tough & Tender (Tone-Cool)
Smokey Wilson: The Man from Mars (Bullseye)
 
Contemporary Blues Female Artist of The Year
Debbie Davies
Deborah Coleman
Koko Taylor
Marcia Ball
Sista Monica
Toni Lynn Washington
 
Contemporary Blues Male Artist of The Year
Charlie Musselwhite
Joe Louis Walker
Luther Allison
Rod Piazza
Smokey Wilson
 
Reissue Blues Album of The Year
James Harman: Extra Napkins (Cannonball Records)
Jessie Mae Hemphill: Feelin' Good (High Water)
Jimmy Rogers: The Complete Chess Recordings (MCA/Chess Records)
Mississippi Fred McDowell: The First Recordings (Rounder Records)
R.L. Burnside: Acoustic Stories (MC Records)
 
Soul Blues Female Artist of The Year
Ann Peebles
Denise LaSalle
Irma Thomas
Lavelle White
Ruth Brown
 
Soul/Blues Album of The Year
Bobby Rush: Lovin' A Big Fat Woman (Waldoxy)
Johnny Adams: One Foot in the Blues (Rounder)
King Ernest: King of Hearts (Evidence)
Mighty Joe Young: Mighty Man (Blind Pig)
Ruth Brown: R + B = Ruth Brown (Bullseye)
Solomon Burke: The Definiton of Soul (Pointblank)
The Holmes Brothers: Promised Land (Rounder)
 
Soul/Blues Male Artist of The Year
Bobby Rush
Johnnie Taylor
Johnny Adams
Little Milton
Mighty Sam McClain
 
Traditional Blues Album of The Year
Ann Rabson: Music Makin' Mama (Alligator)
Carey Bell: Good Luck Man (Alligator)
Corey Harris: Fish Ain't Bitin' (Alligator)
Jelly Roll Kings: Off Yonder Wall (Fat Possum)
Snooky Pryor: Mind Your Own Business (Antone's)
 
Traditional Blues Female Artist of The Year
Ann Rabson
Annie Raines
Rory Block
Shelia Wilcoxson
Tracy Nelson
 
Traditional Blues Male Artist of The Year
Carey Bell
Corey Harris
David "Honeyboy" Edwards
R.L. Burnside
Snooky Pryor