The nominees for the 2013 Blues Music Awards were announced on Wednesday, with rising star John Nemeth and veteran blues diva Janiva Magness leading the way with five nominations each. Magness was recognized for her latest CD, Stronger For It, while Nemeth earned noms for a pair of recent live albums, Blues Live and Soul Live.
The 34th annual edition of the awards — presented by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation — will be held at the Cook Convention Center on May 9. The ceremony will once again be broadcast live on Sirius XM's B.B. King's Bluesville station.
Others earning multiple nominations included a crew of artists from the venerable Chicago blues label Alligator Records. Alligator artists including Joe Louis Walker, Curtis Saldano and Michael "Iron Man" Burks — who passed away in May from a heart attack at age 54 — were each recognized with four individual nominations. Fellow Alligator acts Rick Estrin and the Nightcats will be up for three trophies, while Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials will compete in a pair of categories.
Several acts with Memphis ties are up for awards, including Cody Dickinson, who will compete in the best instrumentalist/ drummer category, while B.B. King will be up for best historical album for Ladies & Gentlemen... Mr. B.B. King.
Tickets for the Blues Awards go on sale Thursday morning. For more information or to purchase, go to the Blues Foundation's website (www.blues.org) or call 901-527-2583.