Overcoming Challenges, Embracing New Solutions
Over the course of the global pandemic, we have all been confronted with unprecedented challenges that have changed our lives in profound ways. “Normal” has been redefined and, in many instances, the notion of normalcy has been abandoned altogether. Yet, fueled by the indefatigable human spirit, we have discovered creative solutions that have opened doors to new and often extraordinary experiences.
Here at The Blues Foundation the unparalleled circumstances resulting from the pandemic have compelled us to embrace new solutions. Thus, while we had all hoped that we would be able to gather for a live event, the 42nd Blues Music Awards (BMAs) will be presented virtually. Although the 2020 BMAs were also presented virtually on our social media platforms, this year we are partnering with Mandolin to enhance your virtual viewing experience. You can expect the same high-quality production during this year's virtual BMAs that you have enjoyed when viewing concerts presented by many of your favorite blues musicians on the Mandolin platform.
In addition to Mandolin, a number of old and new sponsors are partnering with The Blues Foundation to celebrate excellence in blues music. Thanks to our Headlining sponsor Global Electronic Technology, longtime local sponsors Memphis Tourism and the Renasant Convention Center, and many other dedicated organizations and individuals, the 2021 BMAs will be presented on Sunday, June 6. Our host Big Llou will bring the party as we applaud the outstanding achievements of blues musicians across 25 categories of performance, and you will enjoy surprise appearances by several artists who currently distinguish our genre. Of course, we will pay solemn tribute to our many friends who have sadly passed over this last year. We hope you will also join us in the VIP Blues Lounge sponsored by Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise for Art Tipaldi’s lively backstage conversation with five of your favorite blues stars.
We can’t wait to see you in 2022 when we will finally come together for the International Blues Challenge and the 43rd Blues Music Awards. In the meantime, after being closed for over fourteen months, The Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame is now open for visitors. Come see us! We are eager to embrace our old friends and greet new ones.