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FORM UKBlues Awards 2020 – Categories

The 2020 FORM UKBlues Awards sees some significant changes as the UKBlues Federation seeks to learn from the experiences of the first Awards including a reduction in the number of categories to eleven and making both the nomination and voting process simpler.

Wherever used, the term ‘the Awards year’ shall mean the period 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2019 inclusive.

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Matt Long (Catfish), Toby Lee and Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens jamming at the 2018 Awards Ceremony

 

The categories for 2020 are:

 

Blues Artist of the Year

– A blues artist who, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through their performance and/or recordings.

Blues Instrumentalist of the Year 

– A blues musician who, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through their performance and/or recordings.

Emerging Artist of the Year

– A blues artist, vocalist or instrumentalist, for whom this year has seen a significant raising of their profile on the UK blues scene.

Blues Band of the Year

– A band that, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through their performance and/or recordings.

Acoustic Blues Act of the Year

– An acoustic act that, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through their performance and/or recordings.

Young Blues Artist of the Year

– An artist aged under 25 on the 31st December 2019 who, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through their performance and/or recordings. 

Blues Based Festival of the Year

– the UK Festival which, in the Awards year, was the best for a blues audience. 

Dave Raven Award for UK Blues Based Broadcaster of the Year

– A person or persons who produce/present regular (at least once per calendar month) blues based radio shows, podcasts and the like which emanate from the UK.

Blues Album of the Year

– A blues based album by a UK band/artist(e) first released during the Awards year.  

Blues Club/Venue of the Year

 The UK venue/club presenting and promoting regular (at least monthly) blues gigs.

Blues ‘Unsung Hero’ Award 

– Recognising those who work tirelessly behind the scenes and out of the spotlight, promoting, encouraging, supporting, facilitating and nurturing the blues in the UK.  

 


David ‘Kid’ Jensen presenting the 2018 ‘Blues Act of the Year – England’ Award

 

Notes on nomination process.

Eligibility: All nominees must be UK nationals normally residing in the UK or non-UK nationals whose normal place of residence is in the UK. For the purposes of these Awards, anyone who spent more than six months in the UK in the Awards year is deemed to be residing in the UK.

All categories will be open to anyone on the nomination panel to nominate other than the following:

Blues Album of the Year – The winner of this award will be selected using the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association airplay chart for the Awards year.

Blues Club/Venue of the Year – Nominations for this award will be invited from the public at large and must include a short description of why the club/venue is being nominated and along with the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the person making the submission.

Blues ‘Unsung Hero’ Award – The winner of this award will be chosen by the Board of the UKBlues Federation.

 

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