John Németh
the Future of Blues

Awards and Nominations

The Blues Music Awards is a big deal for blues artists, and John Németh received his first nomination for his 2007 album Magic Touch. The nominations continued throughout the years, but you can’t win them all. Nonetheless, John took home his first Blues Music award in 2014 for Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year. His luck continued the next year, and his album Memphis Grease took the prize for Soul Blues Album of the Year in 2015. He was also nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award in the category of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year against Joe Bonamassa, Lil’ Ed Williams, Sugar Ray Norcia and Sugaray Rayford. The award was won by Bonamassa.

For 2018, there were two new categories for the Blues Music Awards. The first was Blues Rock Artist of the Year. The second was Instrumentalist-Vocals, which was intended to “honor the great voices that make songs so memorable.” Our own Németh earned his fifteenth Blues Music Award nomination in this category, along with Beth Hart, Don Bryant, Michael Ledbetter, Sugaray Rayford and Wee Willie Walker.

It isn’t just Blues Music Awards that have garnered Németh some recognition; the Grammy’s have caught on as well. In 2008, blues and rock n’ roll artist Elvin Bishop recruited Németh to contribute four vocal tracks to his album The Blues Rolls On, which was nominated for a Grammy.

The Blues Blast Music Awards also honored Németh with two awards in 2008. One was for Best New Artist Debut Recording for Magic Touch. The other was the Sean Costello Rising Star Award, which was voted on by close to 11,000 blues fans.