2018 Blues Blast Music Award Submissions

2018 Blues Blast Music Award Submission Are Now Open

The Blues Blast Music Awards honor contemporary Blues artists and their recordings. Artists with major labels and indie artists are eligible to be considered.

The eligibility period for specific recordings is music released from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2017. Categories such as Male Blues Artist, Female Blues Artist, Blues Band and the Rising Star Award are not tied to these specific dates but instead are based on our nominators recent observations of performances of touring artists over the past year.

NOMINATION CATEGORIES

Contemporary Blues Album Traditional Blues Album
Soul Blues Album Rock Blues Album
Acoustic Blues Album Live recording Of The Year
New Artist Debut Album Historical or Vintage Recording
Male Blues Artist Of The Year Female Blues Artist Of The Year
Blues Band Of The Year Sean Costello Rising Star Award

How To Send Your Releases To The Blues Blast Music Awards Nominators

We begin accepting submissions from labels and artists on March 1st. If the BBMA nominators do not know about your release, they can’t nominate it. 

Artist do not necessarily have to submit their releases to be considered but any that do will have their recordings screened by the nominators.  (Our Nominators can’t nominate something they haven’t heard!)

We have 30 nominators so you need to send 30 individual copies to the address below before April 15th, 2018. Any received after that date may not get sent to the nominators.

Fees For 2018

For 2018, there is a $30 charge to have your music sent to the 30 nominators. Your check of money order must accompany your submission. This $30 charge is for each recording submitted, not for each copy of the recording! So if a label sends in 30 copies for three of their artists releases, it would be $90. Please make checks payable to Blues Blast Magazine. 

You must include one copy of the submission form for each recording or album submitted . Please

CLICK HERE
and print a copy of the

submission form
. Please fill out a separate copy of this submission form for each recording submitted. (Only one copy is needed per submitted recording!)

Fill it out with all the details and include ONE COPY in the box with each submission. It is recommended that you send the submissions First Class Mail and include delivery confirmation in your mailing to be sure we receive your submission. CD’s received after April 15th, 2018 may not reach the nominators so hurry and get your submissions in today!

Nominators begin returning their nominations May 1st and final nominations will be announced after June 1st, 2018. Fan voting Begins in July.

Save The Date

The awards ceremonies,
including announcement of the winners and performances by the nominees, will be
held on Saturday September  29th, 2018 in Rockford, Illinois so save the date
now!

Mailing Address For Submissions

2018 Blues Blast Music Awards

P.O. Box 721

Pekin, Illinois 61555

 

 

2016 Blues Blast Music Award Winners

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2016 Blues Blast Music Award
Winners Announced


Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Henry Gray
  • Barrelhouse Chuck
  • Bruce Iglauer


Contemporary Blues Album

Traditional Blues Album

Soul Blues Album

Rock Blues Album

Acoustic Blues Album

Live Blues Recording

Historical Or Vintage Recording

New Artist Debut Album

Blues Band

Male Blues Artist

Female Blues Artist

Sean Costello Rising Star Award

2016 Blues Blast Music Awards Nominees

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2016 Blues Blast Music Award Nominations

Voting to determine the winners begins July 1, 2016. Voting is free and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. You do not have to be a current subscriber to vote! You are automatically signed up as part of the voting process on our website if you are not currently a subscriber. Blues Blast Magazine subscriptions are always FREE!

2016 Blues Blast Music Awards Ceremonies – The 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies will be held at The Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois on September 23rd, 2016. The awards ceremony will feature music by the artists nominated. Tickets for the event will go on sale in mid July at http://www.BluesBlastMagazine.com.
Contemporary Blues Album – stream nominee’s music HERE

Traditional Blues Album – stream nominee’s music HERE

Soul Blues Album – stream nominee’s music HERE

Rock Blues Album – stream nominee’s music HERE

Acoustic Blues Album -stream nominee’s music HERE

Live Blues Album – stream nominee’s music HERE

Historical Or Vintage Album – stream nominee’s music HERE

New Artist Debut Album – stream nominee’s music HERE

Blues Band – stream nominee’s music HERE

Male Blues Artist – stream nominee’s music HERE

Female Blues Artist – stream nominee’s music HERE

Sean Costello
Rising Star Award – stream nominee’s music 
 HERE

2015 Blues Blast Music Awards Nominees

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2015 Blues Blast Music Award Nominations

Voting to determine the winners begins July 15, 2015. Voting is free and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. You do not have to be a current subscriber to vote! You are automatically signed up as part of the voting process on our website if you are not currently a subscriber. Blues Blast Magazine subscriptions are FREE!

2015 Blues Blast Music Awards Ceremonies – The 2015 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies will be held at The Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois on September 25th, 2015. The awards ceremony will feature music by the artists nominated. Tickets for the event will go on sale in mid July at http://www.BluesBlastMagazine.com.

Contemporary Blues Album

Traditional Blues Album

Soul Blues Album

Rock Blues Album

Acoustic Blues Album

New Artist Debut Album

Live Blues Recording

Historical Or Vintage Recording

Blues Band

Male Blues Artist

Female Blues Artist

Sean Costello Rising Star Award

September 29th, 2018, 6:00pm Held at Tebala Event Center – Rockford, IL 61821