1980 - 1st National Blues Music Awards

Blues Single
Came Up The Hard Way - Eddie Clearwater
I Need Some Easy Money - Jimmy Johnson
In The Midnight Hour - Luther Allison
My Baby's Coming Home - Hound Dog Taylor
Prison Bound Blues - Little Johnnie Jones
 
Contemporary Blues Album
Crawfish Fiesta - Professor Longhair
Frostbite - Albert Collins
Johnson's Whacks - Jimmy Johnson
Live 'N Blue - Magic Slim
The Chief - Eddie Clearwater
 
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Alberta Hunter
Ann Peeples
Big Mama Thornton
Etta James
Koko Taylor
 
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Albert Collins
Jimmy Johnson
Muddy Waters
Professor Longhair
Son Seals
 
Traditional Blues Album
Amtrak Blues - Alberta Hunter
Hangin' On - Robert Jr. Lockwood and Johnny Shines
Hey Ba-Ba-Re-Bop - Johnny Shines
Mule - Henry Townsend
Rockin' The Juke Joint Down - Jelly Roll Kings
Step It Up And Go - John Jackson
 
Traditional Blues Male Artist
Big Walter Horton
Jay McShann
Johnny Shines
Lightnin' Hopkins
Robert Jr. Lockwood
 
Traditional Blues Female Artist
Alberta Hunter
Big Mama Thornton
Elizabeth Cotten
Mama Yancey
Sippie Wallace
 
Vintage or Reissue Album
Alabama Blues - J.B. Lenoir
Atlanta Blues
Groaning The Blues - Otis Rush
Live on Maxwell Street-1964 - Robert Nighthawk
Live Wire Blues Power - Albert King