It's that time of the year again! Bluebird Reviews is getting ready, for the sixth year in a row, to reward those artists that have particularly shone, either through some memorable live performances or for having brought to a great year for music, like the current one, despite the pandemic and many social and organizational challenges, some of the great material that they have ever recorded in their careers, through our Artist Of The Year and Best Live Act 2021Bluebird Reviews Awards.

The results will be revealed by late October 2021. The shortlists, from which the winners will be chosen for the two categories are, in no particular order:

Artist Of The Year 2021:

- Pamela Sue Mann 

- Mick Kolassa

- Judith Hill


Best Live Act 2021:

- Gianni Maroccolo & Antonio Aiazzi

- Anna Von Hausswolff 

- Bombino.


Our website has decided to award with the 2021 special Career Award, one of the giants of Texas Blues and Blues/Rock of the last half a century. A true living legend, an institution for American Music and one of the most influential and prominent American artists, the one and only Omar Kent Dykes. Many congratulations to Mr. Dykes for the Award and, most importantly, for being an outstanding torchbearer to the tradition and development of American Blues and Blues/Rock in the last 50-plus years.

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Best of luck to all the nominees. To Bluebird Reviews' eyes, everyone that has contributed to make 2021 another spectacular year of music is a winner anyway.