Congratulations to Bobby Rush (pictured on right), who won the GRAMMY for “Best Traditional Blues Album” for Rawer Than Raw. “I want to thank all of my friends, fans, and voters,” Rush said in a press release. “I accept this Grammy on behalf of all of the people who came before me that helped pave the way for me. Some of the guys who came before me like Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King who were my friends and inspired me so much. These are guys that taught me not to never give up. I’m speaking about all of the guys who won. All of the guys who didn’t win, I take this on their behalf too. To beat out these guys, I’m so blessed to be in this kind of race with this kind of company. All of these guys are much better than I think that I am.”
Fantastic Negrito won the GRAMMY for “Best Contemporary Blues Album” with Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?. The gravity of COVID-19 was on the mind of the three-time Grammy winner, who said he dedicated the award to first responders and frontline workers who put their lives at risk at the most tense moments of the pandemic. “This year I feel like it really wasn’t about me and I’m celebrating in a different way, because half a million Americans have lost their lives … 2.6 million people across the world. This is about appreciation, thankfulness and gratitude, gratitude, gratitude,” he said. “I’m here, but a lot of people can’t say that. So, I’m celebrating this with everybody because this has been a really challenging year for people.”
Roots, rock, blues performer Brittany Howard won “Best Rock Song” for “Stay High.” We featured this song for last week’s issue of Video of the Week.