1982 - 3rd National Blues Music Awards

Blues Instrumentalist
Albert Collins
Buddy Guy
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Johnny Copeland
Luther Allison
 
Blues Promoter
Pervis Spann
 
Blues Single of The Year
I Am Fed Up With This Music/I Got The Blues - A.C. Reed
I Don't Wanna See Your Face Again/I'd Rather Be (Blind, Cripple, Crazy) - Lynn White
Ms. Fine Brown Frame/You Don't Have To Go - Syl Johnson
Since I Been Loving You/Walk out Like a Lady - Larry Davis
Things Ain't The Way They Used To Be/Black Cat Girl - Smokey Smothers
 
Blues Song of The Year
D.J. Play My Blues - Buddy Guy
Dollar Got The Blues - Clarence Gatemouth Brown
Down Home Blues - George Jackson, performed by Z.Z. Hill
I Am Fed Up With This Music - A.C. Reed
Sometimes I Slip - Clarence Gatemouth Brown
 
Blues Vocalist
Bobby "Blue" Bland
Johnny Copeland
Larry Davis
Muddy Waters
Z.Z. Hill
 
Contemporary Blues Album of The Year (Foreign)
Big Brown's Chicago Blues - Andrew Brown
D.J. Play My Blues - Buddy Guy
Gainelining - Roy Gaines
Hot Wire 81 - Jimmy Dawkins
Live At Pit Inn - Johnny Littlejohn & Carey Bell
 
Contemporary Blues Album of The Year (US)
Alright Again! - Clarence Gatemouth Brown
Down Home - Z.Z. Hill
Frozen Alive - Albert Collins
Funny Stuff - Larry Davis
Genuine Houserocking Music - Hound Dog Taylor & the HouseRockers
 
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Big Mama Thornton
Etta James
Koko Taylor
Lynn White
Queen Sylvia Embry
 
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Albert Collins
B.B. King
Johnny Copeland
Muddy Waters
Z.Z. Hill
 
Entertainer of The Year
Bobby "Blue" Bland
 
Traditional Blues Album of The Year
Blues and Boogie From Alabama - Albert Macon & Robert Thomas
Going Back - Buddy Guy and Junior Wells
I Think I Got The Blues - Sonny Terry
Plays and Sings Delta Blues Classics - James "Son" Thomas
St. Louis Blues - Henry & Vernell Townsend
 
Traditional Blues Female Artist
Alberta Hunter
Elizabeth Cotten
Jessie Mae Hemphill
Linda Hopkins
Mama Yancey
Sippie Wallace
 
Traditional Blues Male Artist
Jay McShann
Johnny Shines
Louisiana Red
R.L. Burnside
Robert Jr. Lockwood
Sam Chatmon
Sunnyland Slim
 
Vintage or Reissue Album of The Year (Foreign)
I Wanna Ramble - Junior Parker
In Concert 1958 - Muddy Waters
Oh Babe! - Wynonie Harris
Plain Ole Blues - T-Bone Walker
Woke Up Screaming - Bobby "Blue" Bland
 
Vintage or Reissue Album of The Year (US)
Down South Blues - Sleepy John Estes
Ed Bell's Mamlish Moan - Ed Bell
How Many More Years - Lightnin' Hopkins
Live - Magic Sam
Okeh Chicago Blues