Singer and harmonica virtuoso Kim Wilson leads the field of nominees for the 2004 W.C. Handy Awards, presented by the non-profit Blues Foundation in recognition of the year's best work in the blues fi

Singer and harmonica virtuoso Kim Wilson leads the field of nominees for the 2004 W.C. Handy Awards, presented by the non-profit Blues Foundation in recognition of the year's best work in the blues field.

Wilson garnered six Handy nods, including one for entertainer of the year. Anson Funderburgh, Buddy Guy, Bettye Lavette and Otis Taylor each received four nominations.

Solomon Burke, Shemekia Copeland, B.B. King and Bobby Rush complete the entertainer of the year field.
Nominated as blues album of the year are Funderburgh's "Which Way Is Texas?" (Bullseye Blues), Guy's "Blues Singer" (Silvertone), Lavette's "A Woman Like Me" (Blues Express), Taylor's "Truth Is Not Fiction" (Telarc) and Wilson's "Looking for Trouble" (MC).

The Handys-which are selected by an international voting panel of blues fans and blues society members-will be presented April 29 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis.

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