1999 Living Blues Awards

Critics' Awards

Blues Artist of the Year (Male)
B.B. King

Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
Shemekia Copeland

Most Outstanding Blues Singer
Bobby "Blue" Bland

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Guitar)
Alvin Youngblood Hart

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Harmonica)
Snooky Pryor

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Keyboards)
Pinetop Perkins

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Drums)
Sam Carr 

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Bass)
Willie Kent

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Other instrument)
Otha Turner (fife)

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Sax, Trumpet, or Horn Section)
Eddie Shaw

Best Live Performer
Bobby Rush

Comeback Artist of the Year
Roy Gaines

Artist Most Deserving Wider Recognition
Big Lucky Carter

Best Blues Album of 1998 (New Recording-Contemporary)
B.B. King, Blues On the Bayou (MCA)

Best Blues Album of 1998 (New Recording-All Types)
Alvin Youngblood Hart, Territory (Hannibal)

Best Blues Album of 1998 (New Recording-Traditional or Acoustic)
Alvin Youngblood Hart, Territory (Hannibal)

Best Blues Album of 1998 (New Recording-Soul/Blues)
Little Milton, For Real (Malaco)

Best Debut Album of 1998
Shemekia Copeland, Turn the Heat Up (Alligator)

Best Blues Album of 1998 (Historical-Postwar)
Junior Wells, Blues Hit Big Town (Delmark)

Best Blues Album of 1998 (Historical-Postwar)
Various Artists, Ruckus Juice & Chittlins: The Great Jug Bands, Vols. 1 & 2 (Yazoo)

Producers of the Year (New Recordings)
Wolf Stephenson & Tommy Couch, Malaco Records

Producer/Compiler of the Year (Historical Recordings)
Don Kent, Yazoo Records

Best Liner Notes, 1998 Blues Release
David Evans & Mike Vernon for Big Lucky Carter, Lucky 13 (Blueside)

Best Cover Art/Photo, 1998 Blues Release
Patterson-Barnes (artists)/Errol Dillon (photographer),
Dennis Heckler-DDL (graphic design),
for Bobby Bland, Memphis Monday Morning (Malaco)


Readers' Awards

Blues Artist of the Year (Male)
B.B. King

Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
Shemekia Copeland

Most Outstanding Blues Singer
Shemekia Copeland

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Guitar)
B.B. King

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Harmonica)
Carey Bell

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Keyboards)
Pinetop Perkins

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Guitar)
Alvin Youngblood Hart

Best Live Performer
Bobby Rush

Best Blues Album of 1998 (New Recording)
B.B. King, Blues On the Bayou (MCA)

Best Blues Album of 1998 (Historical Recording)
Junior Wells, Blues Hit Big Town (Delmark)

Blues Artist of the Year (Male)
B.B. King

Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
Shemekia Copeland

Most Outstanding Blues Singer
Bobby "Blue" Bland

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Harmonica)
Snooky Pryor

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Keyboards)
Pinetop Perkins

Most Outstanding Blues Musician (Drums)
Sam Carr