1989 - 10th Annual Blues Awards

Band of The Year
Albert Collins & the Icebreakers
Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets featuring Sam Myers
Kinsey Report
Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
Lonnie Brooks Band
 
Blues Single
Alone/Cold Is The Night/Shade Tree Mechanic - Joe Louis Walker (Ace/England EP)
Big Rear Window - Phillip Walker (High Tone)
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - Robert Cray (Hightone)
Mr. Blues/(Tribute To The) Boogie Men - Casey Jones (Rooster Blues)
Talk To You Daughter - Robben Ford (Warner Bros.)
 
Blues Song
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - D. Walker (Robert Cray)
I Ain't Beggin' Nobody - Oliver Sain (Larry Davis)
On the Run - Katie Webster (Katie Webster)
Ships Passing in the Night - R. Earl & H. Scott (Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters)
That Woman Is Poison - Greenlee, Payne & Watts (Rufus Thomas)
 
Blues Vocalist
Charles Brown
Etta James
Johnny Adams
Robert Cray
Sam Myers
 
Contemporary Blues Album (US)
Blues at Sunrise - Albert King (Stax)
Hidden Charms - Willie Dixon (Bug/Capitol)
Recorded Live At Antone's Night Club - James Cotton (Antone's)
Seven Year Itch - Etta James (Island)
Soul Searching - Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters (Black Top)
Swamp Boogie Queen - Katie Webster (Alligator)
 
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Etta James
Irma Thomas
Katie Webster
Koko Taylor
Ruth Brown
 
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Albert Collins
Albert King
Joe Louis Walker
Kenny Neal
Ronnie Earl
Sam Myers
 
Entertainer of The Year
Albert Collins
 
Instrumentalist of The Year-Guitar
Albert Collins
Anson Funderburgh
Buddy Guy
Duke Robillard
Ronnie Earl
 
Instrumentalist of The Year-Other
Katie Webster (tie)
A.C. Reed
Charlie Musselwhite
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
James Cotton (tie)
 
Traditional Blues Album
Back To The Neighborhood - Jeannie and Kimmy Cheatham (Concord Jazz)
From West Helena to Chicago - Various (Wolf/Austria)
Gateway to the Delta - James Son Thomas (Rustron)
White Windows - Honeyboy Edwards (Blue Suit)
Zydeco Live - Boozoo Chavis/Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Chas (Rounder)
 
Traditional Blues Female Artist
Etta Baker
Jeannie Cheatham
Jessie Mae Hemphill
Queen Ida
Rory Block
 
Traditional Blues Male Artist
John Hammond
John Lee Hooker
Lazy Lester
Pinetop Perkins
Robert Lockwood Jr.
 
Vintage/Reissue Album (Foreign)
Black Angel Blues - Robert Nighthawk (Chess-Green Line)
Houston Roots - Johnny Copeland (Ace/England)
Mouth Harp Maestro - Big Walter Horton (Ace/England)
Steel Guitar Flash - Hop Wilson (Ace/England)
Williamson: Rare Sonny Boy - John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson (RCA/France)
 
Vintage/Reissue Album (US)
Cadillac Daddy - Howlin' Wolf (Rounder)
More Real Folk Blues - Muddy Waters (Chess)
More Real Folk Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson (Chess)
T-Bone Blues - T-Bone Walker (Atlantic)
The Chess Box - Willie Dixon (MCA/Chess)