AWARDS

 

2017

2017 Blues Music Awards Nomination
• Contemporary Blues Female Artist

 

2016

2016 Blues Music Awards
• Contemporary Blues Female Artist

2016 Living Blues Awards
• Female Blues Artist of the Year – Critics’ Poll
• Female Blues Artist of the Year – Readers’ Poll
• Album of the Year for Outskirts of Love – Critic’s Poll

2016 Blues Blast Music Awards
• Female Blues Artist

 

2015

2016 Grammy Nomination
• Best Blues Album – Outskirts of Love

2016 Blues Music Awards Nominations
• B.B. King Entertainer
• Contemporary Blues Album – Outskirts of Love
• Contemporary Blues Female Artist

Living Blues Reader Award
• Female Blues Artist of the Year

 

2014

Blues Music Award Nomination
• Contemporary Blues Female Artist

 

2013

Grammy Nomination
• Best Blues Album – 33 1/3

Inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame

 

2012

Living Blues Magazine 2012 Critics Award
• Most Outstanding Blues Singer

 

2011

City of Chicago and State of Illinois
• Shemekia Copeland Day Proclamation


The City of Chicago, state of Illinois, and Joyce “Cookie” Threatt, daughter of Koko Taylor, surprised Shemekia onstage with her mother’s tiara, and crowned her “The new Queen of the Blues” at the Chicago Blues Festival. In addition to the 100,000 cheering fans in attendance, special guests to view the presentation included Shemekia’s manager John Hahn, Marie Dixon, widow of Willie; Jimmy Ree’s daughter Rose, and Alligator Records CEO Bruce Iglauer.

See the photo album.

 

2010

Blues Blast Music Awards
• Best Female Blues Artist

Living Blues Reader Award
• Female Blues Artist of the Year

 

2009

57th Annual “DownBeat” Critics Poll
• “Rising Star – Blues Artist”

 

2007

Blues Music Award Nomination (formerly the W.C. Handy Blues Awards)
• Contemporary Blues Female Artist

 

2006

Living Blues Reader Award • Female Blues Artist of the Year

Blues Music Award Nominations (formerly the W.C. Handy Blues Awards)
• Contemporary Blues Album of the Year – The Soul Truth
• Contemporary Blues Female Artist
• Song of the Year — “Who Stole My Radio?”, written by John Hahn & Joe Hudson, performed by Shemekia Copeland

 

2005

53rd Annual “DownBeat” Critics Poll
• “Rising Star – Blues Artist”

26th Annual W.C. Handy Award Nomination
• Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year

 

2004

25th W.C. Handy Award Nominations
• Blues Entertainer of the Year
• Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year

 

2003

Living Blues Reader Award
• Best Female Blues Singer

24th Annual W. C. Handy Nominations and Awards
• Blues Album of the Year – Talking To Strangers (award)
• Contemporary Blues Female Artist (award)
• Contemporary Blues Album – Talking To Strangers (award)
• Blues Band of the Year (nomination)
• Blues Entertainer of the Year (nomination)

 

2002

Living Blues Reader’s Poll
• Best Blues Artist (Female)

23rd Annual W.C. Handy Blues Nominations and Award
• Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year (award)
• Entertainer of the Year (nomination)

 

2001

Grammy Nomination
Wicked

22nd Annual W.C. Handy Blues Nominations and Awards
• Blues Album of the Year — Wicked (award)
• Blues Entertainer of the Year (nomination)
• Blues Song of the Year – R. Vito, It’s 2 AM – Wicked (award)
• Contemporary Blues Album of the Year – Wicked (nomination)
• Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year (award)

Downbeat Critic’s Poll
• Blues Artist: Talent Deserving Wider Recognition

Living Blues Reader’s Poll
• Female Artist Of The Year

Living Blues Critics’ Awards
• Best Blues Artist (Female)

 

2000

21st Annual W.C. Handy Blues Nominations
• Blues Entertainer of the Year
• Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year

 

1999

20th Annual W.C. Handy Blues Nominations
• Best New Blues Artist
• Blues Song of the Year — “Turn the Heat Up” by John Hahn and Jimmy Vivino (Shemekia Copeland/Turn the Heat Up)
• Contemporary Blues Album of the Year — Turn the Heat Up
• Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year