Vocalist Shemekia Copeland led the field at the 2003 W.C. Handy Blues Awards, collecting three trophies during the ceremony last night (May 22) at Memphis' Orpheum Theatre. Copeland's Alligator album

Vocalist Shemekia Copeland led the field at the 2003 W.C. Handy Blues Awards, collecting three trophies during the ceremony last night (May 22) at Memphis' Orpheum Theatre. Copeland's Alligator album "Talking to Strangers" was named blues album of the year and contemporary blues album of the year, and the singer was named contemporary female artist of the year.

Two blues veterans scored multiple wins. Solomon Burke's "Don't Give Up on Me" (Fat Possum/Anti-) took soul blues album of the year honors, and the R&B singer was tapped as soul male artist of the year. Charlie Musselwhite was dubbed contemporary male artist of the year and blues instrumentalist (harmonica).

B.B. King repeated as blues entertainer of the year, while Magic Slim & the Teardrops scored as blues band of the year.

The Handys are voted on by over 13,000 international blues fans. The event is presented by the non-profit, Memphis-based Blues Foundation.

For a complete list of winners, click here.

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