The Grammys of the Blues world were handed out in Memphis, Tennessee last night (May 9) For Blues fans, this would be one of the best weekends to see and experience the best our music has to offer from performances not only at the event itself, but in all the clubs and bars around town.

The list of nominees and winners include several artists who have played Sioux Falls in the past and hopefully in the future. Thanks and congratulations to frequent Sioux Falls visitor Tab Benoit for the picture of his trophy for Contemporary Blues Male Artist.

Here's the full list of winners:

Acoustic Album- Not Alone – Ann Rabson w/ Bob Margolin

Acoustic Artist-Eric Bibb

Album of the Year- Show of Strength – Michael Burks

B.B. King Entertainer-Curtis Salgado

Band-Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best New Artist Debut- They Call Me Big Llou – Big LLou Johnson

Contemporary Blues Album- Show of Strength – Michael Burks

Contemporary Blues Female Artist- Janiva Magness

Contemporary Blues Male Artist - Tab Benoit

DVD- Eagle Rock Entertainment – Muddy Waters & Rolling Stones, Live at Checkerboard Lounge

Gibson Guitar Award-Derek Trucks

Instrumentalist-Bass: Bob Stroger

Instrumentalist-Drums: Cedric Burnside

Instrumentalist-Harmonica: Rick Estrin

Instrumentalist-Horn: Eddie Shaw

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female): Ruthie Foster

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player: Victor Wainwright

Rock Blues Album: Everybody’s Talkin’ – Tedeschi Trucks Band

Song- “I Wont Cry” written by Janiva Magness & Dave Darling – Stronger For It (Janiva Magness)

Soul Blues Album: Soul Shot – Curtis Salgado

Soul Blues Female Artist: Irma Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist: Curtis Salgado

Traditional Blues Album: Double Dynamite – The Mannish Boys

Traditional Blues Male Artist: Magic Slim

(Photo Courtesy of Bobbi Burks)

Here is a full shot of what the BMA looks like. Thank you to Bobbi Burks for this photo of the two awards she picked up for her late husband Michael Burks, who we lost way too soon last year to a heart attack in an airport on his way to a gig. R.I.P. Iron Man. I know that you were smiling from ear to ear last night.