"We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you're doing so."

  • Born Riley Ben King on Sept. 16, 1925, in Itta Bena, Mississippi. Died May 14, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada
     
  • B.B. King issued his debut album, Singin' The Blues, in 1956. His first album to break the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 was 1969's Completely Well. The album featured the highest charting hit of his career, a reworking of "The Thrill Is Gone," which reached No. 15.
     
  • King won his first career GRAMMY for 1971 for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male for "The Thrill Is Gone." He performed five times on the GRAMMY telecast, including his GRAMMY performance debut at the 28th GRAMMY Awards in 1986 and taking part in a tribute to Bo Diddley at the 51st GRAMMY Awards in 2009.
     
  • King earned his nickname through work as a disc jockey for the Memphis radio station WDIA-AM, where his on-air nickname was "Beale Street Blues Boy." The tag was shortened to "Blues Boy," then ultimately "B.B."
     
  • King's classic 1965 album, Live At The Regal, was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2006. He received a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.
     
  • King was on the board of directors for Little Kids Rock, a charity organization that provides musical instruments and instruction to disadvantaged public school students throughout the United States.

 

 

B.B. King

"We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you're doing so."

  • Born Riley Ben King on Sept. 16, 1925, in Itta Bena, Mississippi. Died May 14, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada
     
  • B.B. King issued his debut album, Singin' The Blues, in 1956. His first album to break the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 was 1969's Completely Well. The album featured the highest charting hit of his career, a reworking of "The Thrill Is Gone," which reached No. 15.
     
  • King won his first career GRAMMY for 1971 for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male for "The Thrill Is Gone." He performed five times on the GRAMMY telecast, including his GRAMMY performance debut at the 28th GRAMMY Awards in 1986 and taking part in a tribute to Bo Diddley at the 51st GRAMMY Awards in 2009.
     
  • King earned his nickname through work as a disc jockey for the Memphis radio station WDIA-AM, where his on-air nickname was "Beale Street Blues Boy." The tag was shortened to "Blues Boy," then ultimately "B.B."
     
  • King's classic 1965 album, Live At The Regal, was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2006. He received a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.
     
  • King was on the board of directors for Little Kids Rock, a charity organization that provides musical instruments and instruction to disadvantaged public school students throughout the United States.

 

 

GRAMMY Award Results for B.B. King

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Wins
Best Traditional Blues Album
One Kind Favor
 
Wins
Best Traditional Blues Album
80
 
Nominations
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
Sinner's Prayer
 
Wins
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Auld Lang Syne
Best Traditional Blues Album
A Christmas Celebration Of Hope
 
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Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't (My Baby)
Best Traditional Blues Album
Riding With The King
Nominations
Best Traditional Blues Album
Let The Good Times Roll (Album)
 
Wins
Best Traditional Blues Album
Blues On The Bayou
 
Nominations
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Deuces Wild (Album)
 
Wins
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
SRV Shuffle
 
Nominations
Best Spoken Word Album For Children
John Henry (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Country Vocal Collaboration
Patches (Track)
 
Wins
Best Traditional Blues Album
Blues Summit
 
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Best Traditional Blues Album
Live At The Apollo
 
Wins
Best Traditional Blues Recording
Live At San Quentin
Nominations
Best Country Vocal Collaboration
Waiting On The Light To Change (Track)
Best Contemporary Blues Recording
Red Hot And Blue (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
When Love Comes To Town (Single)
Best Contemporary Blues Recording
King Of The Blues: 1989 (Album)
 
Wins
Lifetime Achievement Award
(lifetime Achievement Award)
Nominations
Best Contemporary Blues Recording
Standing On The Edge Of Love (Track)
 
Wins
Best Traditional Blues Recording
My Guitar Sings The Blues
 
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Best Traditional Blues Recording
Blues 'N' Jazz
 
Nominations
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Street Life (Track)
 
Wins
Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording
There Must Be A Better World Somewhere
 
Nominations
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
When I'm Wrong (Track)
 
Nominations
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
It's Just A Matter Of Time (Track)
 
Nominations
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
Ain't Nobody Home (Single)
 
Wins
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
The Thrill Is Gone
 
Nominations
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
Live And Well (Album)

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