2012 Living Blues Awards

Critics' Poll
 
Blues Artist of the Year (Male)
Lurrie Bell
Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
Etta James1
Most Outstanding Blues Singer
Shemekia Copeland
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar)
Buddy Guy
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica)
Lazy Lester
Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard)
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne
Most Outstanding Musician (Bass)
Lee Allen Zeno
Most Outstanding Musician (Drums)
Kenny Smith
Most Outstanding Musician (Horns)
Terry Hanck

Most Outstanding Musician (Other)
Otis Taylor - Banjo
Best Live Performer
Bobby Rush
Comeback Artist of the Year
Ironing Board Sam
Artist Deserving More Attention
Blind Boy Paxton
Best Blues Albums of 2011
Album of the Year
Various Artists - Chicago Blues: A Living History - The (R)evolution Continues - Raisin Music
New Recordings/ Southern Soul
Johnny Rawls - Memphis Still Got Soul - Catfood Records
New Recordings/ Best Debut
Little Joe Ayers - Backatchya - Devil Down Records
New Recordings/ Traditional & Acoustic
Rev. John Wilkins - You Can’t Hurry God - Big Legal Mess Records
New Recordings/Contemporary Blues
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne - An Old Rock on a Roll - Stony Plain Records
Historical Pre-War
Various Artists - Barbecue Any Old Time - Blues From The Pit 1927-1942 - Old Hat Records
Historical Post-War
Howlin’ Wolf - Smokestack Lightnin’: The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960 - Geffen/Hip-O
Blues Book of the Year
The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road To Rock’n’ Roll - Preston Lauterbach - Norton
Producer of the Year - New Recording
Scott Bomar - Got To Get Back - Electraphonic Recordings
Producer of the Year - New Recording
Andy McKaie - Howlin’ Wolf - Smokestack Lightnin’: The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960 - Geffen/Hip-O
 
Readers’ Poll
Blues Artist of the Year (Male)
Buddy Guy
Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
Marcia Ball
Best Blues Album of 2011 (New Release)
Marcia Ball - Roadside Attractions - Alligator Records
Best Blues Album of 2011 (Historical Recording)
Howlin’ Wolf - Smokestack Lightnin’: The Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960 - Geffen/Hip-O
Best Blues DVD of 2011
Various Artists - Maxwell Street Blues - Facets Video
Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar)
Robert Cray
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica)
Bob Corritore
Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard)
Marcia Ball
Best Live Performer
Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials
Most Outstanding Blues Singer
Mavis Staples