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2022 UKBlues Awards – Categories

The 2022 UKBlues Awards sees a return to most of the categories from previous years.

Wherever used, the term ‘the Awards year’ shall mean the period 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2021 inclusive.

The categories for 2022 are:

Blues Vocalist of the Year

– A UK blues vocalist 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 blues artist, duo or band 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 Act of the Year

– A UK blues artist, 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 Club/Venue of the Year

– The UK venue/club presenting and promoting regular (at least monthly, preferably more frequently) blues gigs.

Blues Based Festival of the Year

– the UK Festival which, in the Awards year, best catered for the attendees and participating musicians, brought the most to the local/regional community, was well organised and priced and offered the broadest based choice of blues-based acts.

Dave Raven 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.

 

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.

 

 

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