The Cash Box Kings Win Blues Band Of The Year

Shemekia Copeland Named Female Blues Artist Of The Year
and Vocalist Of The Year

Charlie Musselwhite Wins Acoustic Blues Album Of The Year For Mississippi Son And Harmonica Player Of The Year

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Honored As Electric Guitarist Of The Year

Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith, Cash Box Kings Drummer, Wins
Percussionist Of The Year 

Blues Blast magazine has announced the winners for its 16th annual Blues Blast Music Awards. This year, four Alligator artists have received a total of seven awards.

The Cash Box Kings won the coveted Blues Band Of The Year Award.

Multiple GRAMMY Award nominee Shemekia Copeland won the awards for Female Blues Artist and Vocalist Of The Year.

Blues legend Charlie Musselwhite's GRAMMY-nominated Mississippi Son won the Acoustic Blues Album Award. He also won for Harmonica Player Of The Year.

GRAMMY Award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, whose new album Live In London just hit the digital services (with CD and LP release to follow on October 13), was named Electric Guitarist Of The Year.

Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith, drummer for The Cash Box Kings, won for Percussionist Of The Year.

Voting was free and open to the public. Winners were announced at a ceremony held on September 23, 2023 at the 3300 Event Center in Peoria, Illinois. According to Blues Blast, more than 6,600  readers and blues fans voted in the 2023 Blues Blast Music Awards. The full list of winners can be found here.

Alligator artists and their nominations follow: 

Alligator artists and their awards follow:

Blues Band Of The Year:
The Cash Box Kings

Percussionist Of The Year:
Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith




Female Blues Artist Of The Year:
Shemekia Copeland

Vocalist Of The Year:
Shemekia Copeland

Acoustic Blues Album Of The Year:
Mississippi Son

Harmonica Player Of The Year:
Charlie Musselwhite


Electric Guitarist Of The Year:
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram