European Blues Awards

Categories, Nominees & Voting Method for European Blues Awards

European Blues Awards 2019 vote is now open

The 39th European Blues Awards public vote has opened and will close midnight CET/23.00 GMT/18.00 EST on Tuesday 12th November 2019. The vote is open to all and finalists are listed below. There is no registration and one vote can be placed in all of the categories. Due to recent circumstances this year there will be no open vote for the Lifetime Contribution award.

More updates will be posted during #BluesHour International weekly Blues forum on twitter (please see and follow @BluesHour) 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT Monday 11th November which is as always open to everyone. If you should wish to share the vote online we do ask that you please embed the full website address as and results location and date will be advised on both this site and on the #BluesHour forum after the vote has closed.

Thanking you for your continued support and looking forward to what is likely to be another record vote in the longest running and biggest independent genre accolade outside the USA. The awards process by charter has never accepted sponsorship and remains a completely independent public choice.

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Voting in European Blues Awards 2019 starting soon


Voting in European Blues Awards 2019 will be due to start later this weekend and as usual will be open to all and  last a full week. Please follow the #BluesHour forum on Mondays from 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT and twitter account @BluesHour for more information and updates as well as checking on this site.                                                    EBA Team

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Winner of Best Musician (Performance) 2018 Susan Santos of Spain with her award

Beth Hart and Ribs en Blues become latest additions to European Blues Awards Hall of Fame

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Beth Hart (USA) and Ribs en Blues Festival (NL) who were both 3rd time European Blues Awards Winners in 2018 have now been added to the growing list of names who share the honour of Hall of Fame status. Beth, who has previously won for Best Album with Fire on the Floor in 2016 once again added a Best Vocalist vote win in 2018 and Ribs en Blues were voted Best Event/Festival for the third time.

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Great British R&B Festival to celebrate 30 years

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The Great British R&B Festival, Colne, Lancashire will be celebrating their 30th anniversary from 23rd – 25th August. Featuring headliner and European Blues Awards Best Musician winner 2017 Anthony Gomes, the twice award winning event also lists former finalists Paul Lamb, Sari Schorr and Danny Bryant on the bill. With 170 gigs on 22 stages this year’s festival promises to be the biggest yet. There will be a special ’30 years of Colne’ show in a brand new Town Hall venue by Bluesman Mike Francis and Friends and all programme and booking information can be found on the festival website;

Latest Award Presentation News – June 2019


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Latest European Blues Awards presentations took place on 2nd weekend of June. Ribs en Blues Festival celebrated their 3rd win for Best Event/Festival in recent years and are now members of the Hall of Fame.

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During the Festival King King received their award for Best Band 2018. Guitarist Alan Nimmo seen here on stage with the award.

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The same weekend Eddie Martin was presented his Best Solo/Acoustic Award for 2018 by Iain Ballamy in Bath UK

For information and updates on the European Blues Awards please follow #BluesHour forum on twitter @BluesHour every Monday from 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT/15.00 EST

Hall of Fame is introduced with more changes on the way

As announced during European Blues Awards 2018 vote a special Hall of Fame category has been introduced for 3 times or more category winners since introduction of the digital voting system. The first recipients of this accolade are Paul Jones, Ryan McGarvey, Ian Siegal and Matt Andersen.

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There will also be a European Blues events feature added during 2019 along with specific tour reports from performers from their travels across Europe. For all information and updates keep following @BluesHour on twitter every Monday from 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT using the forum hashtag #BluesHour. Presentation news regarding 2018 award winners will also be posted very soon.

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European Blues Awards Winners 2018



The winners of another record public vote were announced on Sunday 25th November from Dublin Ireland on City FM Radio Show Blues Train by finalist Charlie Hussey. If you missed the results here they are together with a link to listen back to the show.

Best Magazine/Publication – BLUES MATTERS UK


Best Festival/Event – RIBS EN BLUES RAALTE


Best Musician (Performance) – SUSAN SANTOS

Best Solo/Acoustic – EDDIE MARTIN

Best Vocalist (Male) – JOE BONAMASSA

Best Vocalist (Female) – BETH HART

Best Guitarist – JOE BONAMASSA

Best Band – KING KING

There was also a Lifetime Contribution Award for KEITH RICHARDS of the Rolling Stones decided by the followers of the weekly Monday #BluesHour forum on twitter.

Here is the mix cloud link for the European Blues Awards 2018 Results Show on the Blues Train

Please follow and join in with @BluesHour world Blues forum every Monday from 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT/15.00 EST to share the latest news on the Blues using the tag #BluesHour and get updates and information regarding the European Blues Awards. The Awards are decided solely by public vote, are non sponsored by charter and now the longest running and biggest genre accolade outside the USA.

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