W.C. Handy Blues Awards Winners

Here are the 2003 winners of the W.C. Handy Blues Awards, handed out May 22 in Memphis.

Blues Entertainer of the Year: B.B. King

Blues Band of the Year : Magic Slim & The Teardrops

Blues Album of the Year: Shemekia Copeland, "Talking to Strangers"

Best New Artist Debut: Robert Randolph, "Live at the Wetlands"

Contemporary Male Artist of the Year: Charlie Musselwhite

Contemporary Female Artist of the Year: Shemekia Copeland

Soul Male Artist of the Year: Solomon Burke

Soul Female Artist of the Year: Etta James

Traditional Male Artist of the Year: R.L. Burnside

Traditional Female Artist of the Year: Koko Taylor

Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year: John Hammond

Blues Instrumentalist Guitar: Duke Robillard:

Blues Instrumentalist Keyboards: Pinetop Perkins

Blues Instrumentalist Harmonica: Charlie Musselwhite

Blues Instrumentalist Bass: Willie Kent

Blues Instrumentalist Drums: Willie "Big Eyes" Smith

Blues Instrumentalist Horns: Roomful of Blues Horns

Blues Instrumentalist Other: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (fiddle)

Soul Blues Album of the Year: Solomon Burke, "Don't Give Up on Me"

Acoustic Blues Album of the Year: Big Jack Johnson, "Memphis Bar-B-Que Sessions"

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year: Shemekia Copeland, "Talking to Strangers"

Comeback Blues Album of the Year: Jody Williams, "Return of a Legend"

Traditional Blues Album of the Year: James Cotton, "35th Anniversary Jam"

Historical Blues Album of the Year: Albert King, "Born Under a Bad Sign"

Blues Song of the Year: "Let It Rain," W. C. Clark, Bobby Boyd, John Gray Gregson