Nominees for the Blues Foundation's 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards, to be given out May 22 in Memphis, Tenn.

Below are the nominees for the Blues Foundation's 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards. The honors will be given out May 22 in Memphis, Tenn.

Blues entertainer of the year:
B.B. King
Magic Slim
Solomon Burke
Deborah Coleman
Shemekia Copeland

Blues band of the year:
Shemekia Copeland Band
Little Charlie and The Nightcats
Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets with Sam Myers
Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Taj Mahal's Phantom Blues Band

Contemporary blues male artist of the year:
Charlie Musselwhite
Joe Louis Walker
Larry Garner
Chris Thomas King
John Mooney

Contemporary blues female artist of the year:
Sue Foley
Deborah Coleman
Marcia Ball
Shemekia Copeland
Susan Tedeschi

Traditional blues male artist of the year:
Snooky Pryor
James Cotton
Magic Slim
R.L. Burnside
Big Jack Johnson

Traditional blues female artist of the year:
Alberta Adams
Ann Rabson
Big Time Sarah
Koko Taylor
Shirley Johnson

Acoustic blues artist of the year:
Otis Taylor
Corey Harris
John Hammond
Alvin "Youngblood" Hart
Cephas & Wiggins

Best new artist debut:
Richard Johnston, "Foot Hill Stomp" (Tornado)
Ana Popovic, "Hush!" (Ruf)
Nick Moss & the Flip Tops, "Got a New Plan" (Blue Bella)
Robert Randolph & the Family Band, "Live at the Wetlands " (Sci Fidelity)
Precious Bryant, "Fool Me Good" (Terminus)

Soul/blues male artist of the year:
Solomon Burke
W.C. Clark
Johnny Rawls
Little Milton Campbell
Mighty Sam McClain

Soul/blues female artist of the year:
E.C. Scott
Etta James
Irma Thomas
Toni Lynn Washington
Denise LaSalle

Blues instrumentalist - guitar:
Joe Louis Walker
Duke Robillard
Roy Rogers
Magic Slim
Anson Funderburgh

Blues instrumentalist - harmonica:
Kim Wilson
Charlie Musselwhite
James Cotton
Rod Piazza
Snooky Pryor

Blues instrumentalist - keyboards:
Pinetop Perkins
Henry Butler
Honey Piazza
Marcia Ball
Dr. John

Blues instrumentalist - bass:
Bill Stuve
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones
Johnny B. Gayden
Bill Stroger
Willie Kent

Blues instrumentalist - drums:
Jimi Bott
Chris Layton
Sam Carr
Sam Lay
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith

Blues instrumentalists - horns:
Eddie Shaw
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff
Memphis Horns
Roomful Of Blues Horns
A.C. Reed

Blues instrumentalist - other:
Clarence Gatemouth Brown (Fiddle)
Robert Randolph (Pedal Steel)
Othar Turner (Fife)
Howard Armstrong (Mandolin)
Sonny Rhodes (Lap Steel)

Comeback blues album of the year:
Carla Thomas, "Live in Memphis" (Memphis International)
Erwin Helfer, "I'm Not Hungry But I Like To Eat" (Sirens)
Jimmy Cavallo, "The Houserocker!" (Blue Wave)
Jody Williams, "Return of a Legend" (Evidence)

Contemporary blues album of the year:
Shemekia Copeland, "Talking to Strangers" (Alligator)
Otis Taylor, "Respect the Dead" (Northern Blues)
John Mooney, "All I Want" (Blind Pig)
Charlie Musselwhite, "One Night in America" (Telarc)
Joe Louis Walker, "In the Morning" (Telarc)

Traditional blues album of the year:
Magic Slim and the Teardrops, "Blue Magic" (Blind Pig)
James Cotton, "35th Anniversary Jam" (Telarc)
Snooky Pryor, "Snooky Pryor & His Mississippi Wrecking Crew" (Electro-Fi)
Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, "Heads Up" (Alligator)
Jody Willams, "Return of a Legend" (Evidence)
Willie King and the Liberators, "Living in a New World" (Rooster Blues)

Soul/blues album of the year:
W.C. Clark, "From Austin With Soul" (Alligator)
Solomon Burke, "Don't Give Up on Me" (Fat Possum)
Little Milton, "Guitar Man" (Malaco)
Etta James, "Burnin' Down the House: Live at the House of Blues" (Private Music)
Sly & Jimmy Johnson, "Two Johnsons Are Better Than One" (Evidence)

Acoustic blues album of the year:
Big Jack Johnson, "Memphis Bar-B-Que Sessions" (M.C.)
Cephas & Wiggins, "Somebody Told the Truth" (Alligator)
Precious Bryant, "Fool Me Good" (Terminus)
Alvin "Youngblood" Hart, "Down in the Alley" (Memphis International)
Guy Davis, "Give In Kind" (Red House)

Blues album of the year:
Solomon Burke, "Don't Give Up On Me" (Fat Possum)
W.C. Clark, "From Austin With Soul" (Alligator)
Big Jack Johnson, "Memphis Bar-B-Que Sessions" (M.C.)
Shemekia Copeland, "Talking to Strangers" (Alligator)
Charlie Musselwhite, "One Night in America" (Telarc)

Historical blues album of the year:
Albert King, "Born Under a Bad Sign" (Stax)
Alan Lomax Collection, "Land Where the Blues Began" (Rounder)
Magic Sam, "Rockin' Wild in Chicago" (Delmark)
Mighty Joe Young, "Mighty Joe Young (Collection)" (Blind Pig)
The Holmes Brothers, "Righteous!" (Rounder)

Blues song of the year:
"Downhome Sophisticate," C. Harris & M. Henry, composers (from Corey Harris' Rounder album "Downhome Sophisticate")
"Somebody Let the Devil Out," T. Horowitz, composer (from Popa Chubby's Blind Pig album "The Good, the Bad, the Chubby")
"Stepchild," B. Dylan, composer (from Solomon Burke's Fat Possum album "Don't Give Up On Me")
"Let It Rain," W.C. Clark, composer (from W.C. Clark's Alligator album "From Austin With Soul")
"Terrorized," W. King, composer (from Willie King & the Liberators' Rooster Blues album "Living in a New World")