Another awards event has already released its nominations this past week. The Blues Music Awards has a smattering of northwest artists, with Portland’s Karen Lovely (Contemporary Female Artist), Jimi Bott (Drums), and the late Paul DeLay (Historic Album). Curtis Salgado is nominated for Soul Blues Male Artist, and John Németh is up for Vocals. Votes will be accepted from Blues Foundation members between now and March 1st, and the results will be announced on May 10th at the awards ceremony in Memphis, where blues performers and industry representatives from all over will gather to celebrate the best in the blues. The awards are considered the most prestigious by blues artists.