European Blues Awards

Categories, Nominees & Voting Method for European Blues Awards


Here are a series of brand new album releases that were featured on the weekly Blues forum by followers of #BluesHour. The feature ran April to October with final session on 18th October 2021. A broad spectrum of styles from all over the Globe were proposed and is always interesting to find out what everyone is listening to. They are listed in no particular order or ranking, purely how cover images saved. Big thank you to all who took part and make the forum work.

European Blues Awards 2021 Latest Update Important News

Outcome of Online European Team Meeting Thursday 25th February 2021

With no clear indication as to when live events may return to our stages and much of Europe still under lockdown, the inevitable decision has been made to again suspend 40th European Blues Awards full public voting process for the second year running. The better news is that in association with weekly online Blues forum using hashtag #BluesHour (through @BluesHour on twitter) there will be a new public focus for Blues and all genre related album material released and available from beginning of April 2021.

This will begin on Monday 19th April and continue every 3rd Monday until 18th October, the usual time for the actual full awards process to take place. Although not the ideal it gives everyone the chance to showcase their latest material and independent performers, reviewers and labels the chance to share important music that without ability to take the stage due to Corona virus, may otherwise obtain less exposure. That will provide at least 7 full months of open opportunity and benefit during current period. For purposes of the #BluesHour new album release focus and nomination, normal European performance rule during qualifying year will not apply for obvious reasons of travel and mobility at this time.

Reviewers, publications labels and of course artists are invited to submit latest material and recommendation for consideration by followers and blues fans worldwide between Monday 19th April and Monday 18th October. Material from European Blues Awards ‘Hall of Famemembers will also be made eligible at this time.

Any breaches of social media and conduct rules instantly and permanently invalidate any participant’s involvement in the process. The European Blues Awards are by charter conducted without sponsorship or association with publications, labels, promoters, venues, events or reviewers. Voting for certain categories such as Lifetime Contribution may be considered for public ballot in October depending on situation at that time. More information to follow at a later date.

Not ideal, but regretfully once again in these unique circumstances, all that can be done at this time. It is unfortunately the 2nd year of disruption, but without live events and to preserve integrity of biggest, longest running independent genre accolade outside the USA, was the right and only path to take.

EBA Team 1st March 2021

European Blues Awards January 2021 – Important News Update

To once and for all end confusion and prevent any further misinformation or misconception;

The European Blues Awards originally evolved from of a group of services Jazz and Blues enthusiasts and has never been run by venues, bands, events, manufacturers or an industry collective. By charter the awards do not and cannot collect and sell data, accept sponsorship or charge membership and registration fees (as incorrectly stated in a 2019 third party media feed). In recent times (during normal pre Covid19 pandemic circumstances) annual winners are purely decided by a massive free and secure, open online vote. Since the 1980’s in Europe alone there have been at least 20 other Blues organisations and awards schemes all offering their own unique styles and benefits. These include;

European Blues Associates, European Blues Association, European Blues Union, UK Blues Federation, British Blues Network, British Blues Awards, New Blues UK, Euro Blues, UK Blues Forum, Blues Foundation, Dutch Blues Foundation, European Blues Challenge, Croatian Blues Forces, German Blues Network, Slovak Blues, France Blues, New Age Blues, Blues UK and Writer’s Poll Awards.

The European Blues Awards have no connection to any of the above, aside from possible former team member involvement.

EBA Team January 8th 2021

European Blues Awards Latest News; January 2021

Much as yet undecided, but given uncertain pandemic situation worldwide suspect a full awards process could prove difficult. However, currently looking at rolling out something based on recordings/live stream events this year, having already proved successful on weekly @BluesHour (#BluesHour tagged) Twitter forums since April 2020 (See below). More updates coming soon and follow online forum 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT/ 15.00 EST every Music Monday.

The Real European Blues Awards – Clarification needed again


Sadly and not for the first time have to clarify and identify the real European Blues Awards. Probably best way to do this is to once again reinforce that the EBA never asks for contact details for data base use or any form of participation fee or membership payments. If this is taking place it is nothing to do with the real awards process that by charter has been run on an independent non-commercial basis from the start.

This is the only official European Blues Awards website (dot net) and if anyone comes across any irregularities by all means report publicly on the world’s weekly online Blues Music Forum by using #BluesHour tag on twitter from 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT/15.00 EST every Monday.

Thanking you    EBA Team CET 18.30 13 August 2020

Lockdown Live Sessions continue on #BluesHour weekly World Blues Forum

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Coming up on twitter World Blues Forum #BluesHour Monday 29 June 2020 there will be another Lockdown Live Stream and Video Event. European Blues Awards acts Susan Santos and Bex Marshall will perform from 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT/15.00 EST. In line with the forum and awards charter these shows will be free to view by just following the #BluesHour hashtag and @BluesHour twitter account at that time.

The previous 2 have been a massive success and have plans to run more. If you’re interested in taking part please do not email but message through the twitter account at this time. The European Blues Awards have never collected or used data base information for commercial gain, remaining fully independent from sponsorship and solely choice of biggest open public genre accolade vote outside USA.             EBA Team

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European Blues Awards Presentations have now been made for 2019 Winners

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Despite worldwide Covid19 crisis European Blues Awards certificates have been circulated for winners of 2019 process as Spring Presentation Live Events were all cancelled. Also have another virtual live stream during an extended #BluesHour twitter forum  Monday 25 May from 20.00 CET/19.00 GMT/14.00 EST. Regretfully 2020 vote has been cancelled due to so many categories being decided by live performance and events. Congratulations to all winners of the biggest and longest running independent genre accolade public vote outside the USA.

Latest News – European Blues Awards 2020 and Online Performances


It is with regret that the decision has been taken to cancel European Blues Awards 2020. As much is dependent on live performance within Europe, due to unfortunate current circumstances there was little option than to call off the 2020 awards process. As already reported there will be no 2019 presentation events and alternatives are being considered. More information and updates coming soon.

On a more positive note the weekly social media Blues forum #BluesHour will be circulating live performance streams and links as well as archive live videos posted using the hashtag on twitter Mondays from 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT/15.00 EST. As the European Blues Awards are by charter a non commercial venture there will be no charge for taking part and access is open to all. Thanking you for all your support in keeping the Blues alive at this time. Please stay safe and join in every Monday.

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Important Update European Blues Awards 2019 and #BluesHour 2020


Regretfully due to recent circumstances in Europe it will not be possible to hold the usual presentation events for European Blues Awards Winners 2019. It is hoped that another method will be adopted and presently looking into alternatives. More information to follow soon.

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At this challenging time would like to invite everyone to post or stream live material and videos using the hashtag #BluesHour to be viewed and circulated worldwide by the @BluesHour forum’s twitter followers. This will provide at least one way to launch new material and provide an audience that sadly may not presently be able to attend live performance venues. There is no cost to post on the forum and is open to everyone on Mondays from 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT/15.00 EST.

EBA Team

Lifetime Contribution and Hall of Fame update for 2019

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The 2019 European Blues Lifetime Contribution Award has been announced as the late Ginger Baker. His influence and inspiration on the European Blues Scene has been tremendous and he will be sadly missed by all. There are also two additions to the Hall of Fame with Blues Matters Magazine and Joe Bonamassa winning their third awards in the digital vote era.


Over recent times there have been a number of newer genre accolades emerging and this has led to a degree of confusion and misunderstanding. The team would like to take this opportunity to explain that the European Blues Awards have at no time collected or used data base information in any way. The process is conducted without any form of commercial gain or sponsorship and remains independent by charter.

EBA Team 




European Blues Awards Winners 2019

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Here are the 2019 vote winners in what was another massive vote. Big thank you to all that voted and of course all of this years finalists. Award certificates will be distributed as normal during 2020 and the process remains without commercial gain or sponsorship. We are delighted to report that there are another 2 members of the European Blues Awards Hall of Fame as a result and the 2019 Lifetime Contribution Award will be announced during #BluesHour twitter forum Monday 2nd December 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT/15.00 EST.  

Best Band Larkin Poe

Best Guitarist Joe Bonamassa

Best Vocalist (Female) Kyla Brox

 Best Vocalist (Male) Alan Nimmo

Best Solo/Acoustic Dom Martin

Best Musician (Performance) Eric Gales

Best Album Kill or be Kind by Samantha Fish

Best Event/Festival Culemborg Blues Netherlands

Best Radio Show Pete Feenstra Blues and Rock Show

Best Magazine/Publication Blues Matters