Some Grammy-nominated black blues singers are B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey. These artists were some of the pioneers of the blues music genre and have also won multiple awards for their music.
B.B. King won more Grammy Awards than any other musician in the blues genre. King won 15 Grammy Awards, including winning the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album seven times. His most recent Grammy Award was in 2008 for his album titled "One Kind Favor." King died in 2015 from Alzheimer's disease. He has been called "The King of the Blues." Buddy Guy won six Grammy Awards. He first won a Grammy in 1991 and won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album for his album titled "Living Proof."
Muddy Waters has also won six Grammy Awards. He won his first Grammy in 1971 for his album "They Call Me Muddy Waters." Waters died in 1983. Bessie Smith has been called "The Empress of the Blues," and in 1989, she was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She died in 1937. Ma Rainey has been called "The Mother of the Blues," and in 2004, her song "See See Rider" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. She died in 1939.