2002 Living Blues Awards

Critics' Awards:

Best Blues Artist (Male):
R.L. Burnside

Best Blues Artist (Female):
Myra Taylor

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (other instrument):
Sonny Rhodes, (lap steel)

Best Blues Albums of 2001 (historical/ reissue pre-war):
Charley Patton, Screamin' and Hollerin' The Blues:
The Worlds of Charley Patton, Revenant Records

Artist Deserving of More Attention:
Roy Roberts

Producer of the Year (new recordings):
Roy Roberts, Rock House Records

Best Blues Albums of 2001 (new recordings: soul/blues):
Chick Willis, From the Heart and Soul, Rock House

Best Blues Albums of 2001 (historical/reissue post-war):
Various Artists, A Shot in the Dark: Nashville Jumps, Bear Family Records

Best Blues Albums of 2001 (best debut album):
Craig Horton, In My Spirit, Bad Daddy Records

Best Blues Albums of 2001 (new recordings - contemporary blues):
James "Blood" Ulmer, Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions, Hyena

Best Blues Song of 2001 (first release of an original composition):
S.U.V., Mem Shannon

Most Outstanding Blues Musician:
Sam Carr (drums)
Henry Gray (keyboards)
Calvin Owens (sax, trumpet, or horn section)
Snooky Pryor (harmonica)
Willie Kent (bass)
Jody Williams (guitar)

Most Outstanding Blues Singer:
B.B. King

Best Blues Albums of 2001
(new recordings - traditional and acoustic):
George Higgs, Tarboro Blues, Music Maker

Producer of the Year (historical/reissue recordings):
Dean Blackwood, Revenant Records

Best Cover Art/Photo:
Charley Patton, Screamin' and Hollerin' The Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton, Revenant Records

Best Blues Album of 2001 (all types):
Buddy Guy, Sweet Tea, Silvertone

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush

Best Liner Notes: 2001 Release:
Barry Lee Pearson: Archie Edwards, The Toronto Sessions, Northern Blues

Comeback Artist of the Year (tie):
Myra Taylor and Ike Turner

Readers' Awards:

Best Blues Artist (Female):
Shemekia Copeland

Best Blues Artist (Male):
R.L. Burnside

Best Historical Album:
Charley Patton, Screamin' and Hollerin' The Blues:
The Worlds of Charley Patton, Revenant Records

Best Musician (keyboards):
Pinetop Perkins

Best Musician (harmonica) (tie):
Snooky Pryor
Wallace Coleman

Best New Album:
Buddy Guy, Sweet Tea, Silvertone

Best Musician (guitar):
Buddy Guy

Best Blues Singer:
Etta James

Best Live Performer:
Bobby Rush