European Blues Awards

Categories, Nominees & Voting Method for European Blues Awards

European Blues Awards 2018 – Latest News Update


Voting in the 2018 European Blues Awards will begin at the end of October and last for 7 days. There will be 10 Categories this year that comprise of Best  Band, Best Guitarist, Best Musician (performance), Best Male Vocalist, Best Female Vocalist, Best Solo/Acoustic, Best Festival/Event, Best Album/Recorded Session, Best Radio Show and the Lifetime Contribution Award. All nominees must have played in Europe since November 2017 and no team members/associates or 3 times previous winners are eligible.

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In the meantime we encourage followers of the weekly online Blues twitter forum #BluesHour to post their opinions especially with regard to the extremely broad choice option of Best Album/Recorded Session. There is also the option of emailing a suggestion but as this is not yet the voting process we request that a single message will do. At this time of year we also stress we cannot reply to all individual emails but everything sent will be read and taken into consideration by the team. We look forward to another fantastic vote and thank everyone for their continued and highly valued support.

EBA Team


European Blues Awards artists at Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival UK 2018

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Amongst an extremely full programme of current and former awards finalists were Lisa Mills who performed on the Main Stage Saturday 25th August

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Along with Marcus Malone and Innes Siburn also on Saturday 25th August

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Then Elles Bailey took the stage on Sunday 26th August during the multi award winning event

(photos courtesy Bluesman Mike Francis)

Latest Awards Presentation News Update


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Finland’s Erja Lyytinen with Best Guitarist 2017 and Denmark’s Blues Overdrive with Best Album 2017 for Overdrive Live

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European Blues Award finalist and festival performer Bex Marshall presents Ruth and Graham of Upton Blues Festival UK their Award for Best Festival 2017 during last month’s event.


Blues Matters awarded European Blues Awards Best Publication 2017

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Editor Alan Pearce recently received the European Blues Award for Best Publication 2017. Seen here with with award and latest 130 page issue, Alan has run the magazine throughout its evolution over many years that includes extensive media support for European festivals and events as well as running a label.

Walter Trout gets his European Lifetime Contribution Award 2017

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In 2017 for the very first time, the participants in the weekly twitter forum #BluesHour were given the job of nominating the winner of Lifetime Contribution in European Blues normally selected by the team. Walter Trout was a very popular choice and is seen here being presented his award by Germany’s Cheri Lyn at the recent Leicester Blues Festival UK. On getting the news in November last year Walter expressed his thanks and was very grateful to be recognised in this way. We would like to thank Solid Entertainments for their assistance with the presentation.

Ryan McGarvey’s dual award presentation in London



Guitarist Ryan McGarvey received 2 European Blues Awards for Best Guitarist 2016 and Best Solo/Acoustic 2017 from Pete Feenstra at London’s Beaverwood Blues Club on Thursday 7th June . Ryan had been unable to tour Europe with his band in 2017 and therefore the 2016 presentation had been delayed. In front of a packed house he accepted both awards and was delighted to be recognised once again by the biggest independent genre vote outside the USA.

photo courtesy of Mark Hughes

Awards Presentations for 2017 now under way

Beth Hart was presented her European Blues Award for Best Female Vocalist 2017 at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival UK on Saturday of the May Bank Holiday event. Beth won the award in a record vote count and follows up her previous accolade for Best Album with Fire on the Floor in 2016. She was delighted to receive it and thanks all her fans voted in such numbers

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More awards to be presented soon and hope to have the new website online very soon as well

EBA Team