Shemekia Copeland: Entertainer, Contemporary Female Artist and Contemporary Album Of The Year
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite: Album Of The Year and Traditional Album Of The Year
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram: Guitarist and Contemporary Male Artist Of The Year
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats: Band Of The Year
  Curtis Salgado: Soul Blues Artist Of The Year

On Sunday, June 6, in a virtual ceremony, The Blues Foundation announced the winners of the 42nd Annual Blues Music Awards, the blues world's highest honor. Six Alligator Records artists won nine of the industry's top awards.

Celebrated singer Shemekia Copeland led all artists with three wins, including the awards for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year, Contemporary Female Blues Artist Of The Year, and Contemporary Blues Album of The Year for her groundbreaking work, Uncivil War.

Blues legends Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite won both Album Of The Year and Traditional Blues Album of the year for their celebrated release, 100 Years Of Blues.

Young blues sensation Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, who won five BMAs in 2020, won the award for Guitarist Of The Year and Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year for the second year in a row. His new album, 662, will be released on July 23. Ingram performed two songs with his band as part of the virtual ceremony.

West Coast blues masters Rick Estrin & The Nightcats took home the coveted Blues Band Of The Year award, their second time winning this high honor.

Curtis Salgado was named the Contemporary Soul Blues Male Artist Of The Year, his sixth time winning this award.

According to Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, "I’m very proud of so many Alligator artists getting the recognition they so richly deserve. This is a great emotional boost for them in this tough year. This is a time we need the healing power of the blues more than ever, and these wonderful bluesmen and women have delivered that healing on recordings even though they haven’t been able to deliver it in person.”

The 42nd Annual Blues Music Awards were presented in a virtual event on Sunday, June 6, 2021. It was live-streamed on the Blues Foundation's Facebook page as well as on its YouTube channel. For a full list of winners, click here.