1997 - 18th W.C. Handy Blues Awards

Acoustic Blues Album of The Year

Alvin Youngblood Hart - Big Mama's Door
Cephas & Wiggins - Cool Down
Harmonica Fats & Bernie Pearl - Blow, Fat Daddy, Blow
James Cotton - Deep in the Blues
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines - I Want You to Know
 
Acoustic Blues Artist of The Year
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Corey Harris
John Hammond
Keb'Mo'
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
 
Best New Blues
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Carl Weathersby
Clarence Spady
Mike Henderson & the Bluebloods
Rusty Zinn
 
Blues Band of The Year
B.B. King Orchestra
Luther Allison and the James Solberg Band
Magic Slim and the Teardrops
Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters
Roomful of Blues
 
Blues Entertainer of The Year
B.B. King
Bobby Rush
Charles Brown
CoCo Montoya
Luther Allison
R.L. Burnside
Taj Mahal
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Bass
Aron Burton
Bob Stroger
Johnny B. Gayden
Sister Sarah Brown
Willie Kent
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Drums
George Raines
Ray "Killer" Allison
Sam Carr
Sam Lay
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Joe Louis Walker
Luther Allison
Matt Guitar Murphy
Ronnie Earl
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Charlie Musselwhite
James Cotton
Kim Wilson
Rod Piazza
William Clarke
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Keyboards
Charles Brown
Floyd Dixon
Marcia Ball
Miss Honey Piazza
Pinetop Perkins
 
Blues Instrumentalist-Other
C.J. Chenier - Accordian
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Violin
Kaz Kazanof - Saxophone
Porky Cohen - Trombone
Roomful of Blues - Horn Section
Sonny Rhodes - Lapsteel Guitar
 
Blues Song of The Year
Been There, Done That - Marvin & Donna Taylor (Francine Reed: Can't Make it on My Own)
Fishing Blues - William Clarke (William Clark: The Hard Way)
One Foot in the Blues - Dan Penn, Jonnie Barnett, & Carson Whitsett (Johnny Adams: One Foot in...)
One Monkey Don't Stop No Show - Bobby Rush (Bobby Rush: One Monkey Don't Stop No Show)
We Got to Stop This Killin' - Big Jack Johnson (Big Jack Johnson: We Got to Stop This Killin')
 
Comeback Blues Album of The Year
Brewer Phillips - Homebrew
Floyd Dixon - Wake Up and Live
Johnny Jenkins - Blessed Blues
Little Sammy Davis - I Ain't Lyin'
Paul Oscher - Knockin' on the Devil's Door
 
Contemporary Blues Album of The Year
Coco Montoya - Ya Think I'd Know Better
Long John Hunter - Border Town Legend
Luther Allison - Where Have You Been: Live in Montreux
Son Seals - Live Spontaneous Combustion
William Clarke - The Hard Way
 
Contemporary Blues Female Artist of The Year
Debbie Davies
Etta James
KoKo Taylor
Marcia Ball
Toni Lynn Washington
 
Contemporary Blues Male Artist of The Year
Big Jack Johnson
Coco Montoya
Joe Louis Walker
Keb 'Mo
Luther Allison
 
Re-Issued Blues Album of The Year
B.B. King - How Blue Can You Get: Classic Blues
Bobby Bland - That Did It! The Juke Recordings Vol. 3
Freddie King - Live at the Electric Ballroom, 1974
Mississippi John Hurt - Avalon Blues, The Complete 1928 OKeh Recordings
Slim Harpo - The Scratch
 
Soul Blues Album of The Year
Johnnie Taylor - Good Love
Johnny Adams - One Foot in the Blues
Mighty Sam McClain - Sledgehammer Soul & Downhome Blues
Tutu Jones - Blue Texas Soul
W.C. Clark - Texas Soul
 
Soul/Blues Female Artist of The Year
Ann Peebles
Denise LaSalle
Francine Reed
Irma Thomas
Lavelle White
 
Soul/Blues Male Artist of The Year
Bobbie Bland
Johnny Adams
Little Milton
Mighty Sam McClain
Solomon Burke
 
Traditional Blues Album of The Year
Alvin Youngblood Hart - Big Mama's Door
James Cotton - Deep in the Blues
John Primer - The Real Deal
Junior Wells - Come On In This House
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines - I Want You to Know
 
Traditional Blues Female Artist of The Year
Annie Raines
Bonnie Lee
Katie Webster
Rory Block
Saffire
 
Traditional Blues Male Artist of The Year
Alvin Youngblood Hart
David "Honeyboy" Edwards
Frank Frost
James Cotton
R.L. Burnside
Sam Carr