The best Blues Awards show on the planet.

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

This year’s awards show will be held on September 23rd, 2023 at the 3300 Event Center, 3300 W Willow Knolls Dr, Peoria, IL, 61614.

The eligibility period for specific recordings is music released from June 1, 2022, to May 31st, 2023. Non-album categories are not tied to specific dates but instead are based on our nominators’ recent observations of performances of touring artists over the past few years.

Artists and labels can submit their music on the Blues Blast Music Awards Submission Page until May 31st, 2023.

Anyone is eligible to vote in the Blues Blast Music awards.

Nomination Categories:
Contemporary Blues Album
Traditional Blues Album
Soul Blues Album
Rock Blues Album
Acoustic Blues Album
Live Blues Album
Historical Or Vintage Recording
New Artist Debut Album
*Blues Band
Male Blues Artist
Female Blues Artist
Sean Costello Rising Star Award
Producer of The Year
Electric Guitar Player of The Year
Acoustic Guitar Player of The Year
Slide Guitar Player of The Year
Bass Guitar Player of The Year
Keyboard Player of The Year
Drummer of The Year
Harmonica Player The Year
Horn Player of The Year
Vocalist of The Year
Video of The Year (New for 2023)

Gallery See the Winners! Nominated Artists Vote!