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Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal among Blues Music Awards nominees

Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal among Blues Music Awards nominees
Kennedy Center Honoree Mavis Staples arrives at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner in Washington in 2016. (Kevin Wolf / AP)

Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal and the North Mississippi All-Stars are among the nominees for this year's Blues Music Awards in Tennessee.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Wee Willie Walker and Rick Estrin also are nominated for Blues Music Awards announced Monday.

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The Blues Foundation will present the awards May 10 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The awards honor exceptional achievements in performances, recordings and songwriting in the blues genre.

Past winners who received nominations this year include Curtis Salgado, Diunna Greenleaf, Lurrie Bell and Bobby Rush.

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