Singer Shemekia Copeland and guitarist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram are among this year’s top winners at the Blues Music Awards. Veteran musicians Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop also won multiple awards for their album “100 Years of Blues.”

The 2021 awards show was held online due to pandemic precautions. Winners were chosen by members of The Blues Foundation, based in Memphis, Tennessee. The awards have been held for 42 years.

Copeland won the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award, the show’s top honor. She also won awards for contemporary blues female artist and contemporary blues album. Ingram, who won five times last year, took home the contemporary blues male artist and guitar instrumentalist awards. Blues Hall of Fame members Bettye LaVette and Bobby Rush also won awards.

See the full list of winners HERE. And catch Christone “Kingfish” Ingram live at the 2021 WFPK Waterfront Wednesday season on August 25th!


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Mel is the WFPK morning host.