2018 Nominees

Entertainer of the Year

Dawn Tyler Watson

Paul DesLauriers Band

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

Steve Hill

Angel Forrest


Electric Act of the Year

Colin James

Steve Hill

Boogie Patrol

Paul DesLauriers Band

Dawn Tyler Watson


Acoustic Act of the Year

Harrison Kennedy

Michael Jerome Browne

Big Dave McLean

Rob Lutes

Tim Williams


Male Vocalist of the Year

Harrison Kennedy

Duane Blackburn

Matt Andersen

Donald Ray Johnson

Jon Knight (Soulstack)


Female Vocalist of the Year

Dawn Tyler Watson

Angel Forrest

Shakura S’Aida

Samantha Martin

Cécile Doo-Kingué


New Artist of the Year

Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes

Earle & Coffin

Jason Buie

Justin Saladino Band

Lucas Haneman Express


Recording/Producer of the Year

Colin James – Blue Highways (True North); Producers: Colin James & Dave Meszaros

Harrison Kennedy – Who U Tellin’ (Electro-Fi); Producers: Harrison Kennedy & Alec Fraser

Chris Antonik – Monarch (Self); Producers: Chris Antonik & Ted Onyszczak

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – Apocalipstick (Self); Producers: Matthew Rogers, Shawn Hall & John Raham

JW-Jones – High Temperature (Solid Blues); Producer: Colin Linden


B.B. King International Artist of the Year

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Gregg Allman

Mavis Staples

Eric Bibb

Joe Bonamassa


Songwriter of the Year

Cécile Doo-Kingué

Chris Antonik

Diteodoro, Marriner, Sobb (MonkeyJunk)

Harrison Kennedy

Rob Lutes


Blues with a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Alec Fraser

Brent Parkin

Danny Brooks

Diana Braithwaite

Ellen McIlwaine

Joe Murphy

Ken Whiteley

Michael Fonfara

Michael Jerome Browne

Tom Lavin


Guitarist of the Year

Cécile Doo-Kingué

Colin James

Michael Jerome Browne

Paul DesLauriers

Steve Hill


Harmonica Player of the Year

Guy Bélanger

Harpdog Brown

Jerome Godboo

Shawn Hall (The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer)

Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk)


Piano/Keyboard of the Year

David Vest

Duane Blackburn

Julian Fauth

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

Michael Kaeshammer


Horn Player of the Year

Chris Whiteley (Diana Brathwaite & Chris Whiteley)

Frankie Thiffault (Ben Racine Band)

Jon Wong

Mat “Moose” Mousseau (Ben Racine Band)

Shirley Jackson (Good Rockin’ Daddys)


Drummer of the Year

Lindsay Beaver

Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)

Nicky Estor (Ben Racine Band, Dawn Tyler Watson)

Sam Harrisson (Paul DesLauriers Band)

Tom Bona


Bassist of the Year

Alec Fraser

Gary Kendall (Downchild & Mighty Duck Blues Band)

Greg Morency (Paul DesLauriers Band)

John Dymond

Laura Greenberg (JW-Jones)

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