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2021 UKBlues Awards – Categories

The 2021 UKBlues Awards sees some more significant changes as the UKBlues Federation seeks to learn from the experiences of the previous Awards and recognising the effect that Covid19 has had had on our scene in the Awards year. The Venue of the Year Award has been dropped for this year only in recognition that the vast majority of venues have been unable to operate for most of 2020. It will return for 2022.

Wherever used, the term ‘the Awards year’ shall mean the period 1st January 2020 to 31st December 2020 inclusive.

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

The categories for 2021 are:

Blues Artist of the Year

A UK blues artist who, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through the quality of his/her performance and/or recordings.

Blues Instrumentalist of the Year

A UK blues instrumentalist who, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through the quality of his/her performance and/or recordings.

Blues Band of the Year

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

 Acoustic Blues Act of the Year

A UK acoustic act that, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through the quality of his/her/their performance and/or recordings.

Jules Fothergill Young Blues Artist of the Year

A UK artist aged under 25 on the 31st December of the Awards year who, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through the quality of his/her performance and/or recordings.

International Blues Artist/Band of the Year

A blues artist or band from outside the UK who, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through the quality of his/her/their performance and/or recordings.

Emerging Artist(s) of the Year

A UK blues artist(e), duo or band– for whom this year has seen a significant raising of their profile, experience and presence on the UK blues scene.

Blues Album of the Year

A blues-based album (7 tracks or more) by a UK band/artist(e) first released during the Awards year.

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

Blues Based Festival or Online Event of the Year

The UK Festival or Event – live or virtual – which, in the Awards year, best catered for the attendees, was well organised and priced and offered the broadest choice of blues-based acts.

Dave Raven 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.

Most Inspirational Online Performance of the Year

The most inspirational, emotional and/or moving use of virtual media for a musical performance in the blues sphere

Most Innovative Use of Virtual Media of the Year

The most innovative and unique use of virtual media to provide entertainment, education, information in the blues arena during the pandemic.

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 were open to anyone on the nomination panel to nominate other than the following:

International Blues Artist of the Year – The winner of this award will be chosen by a panel comprising the the Board of the UKBlues Federation and a representative from the sponsor.

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

 

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