BEST SHOW: Welsh singer Tom Jones performing at this year’s Bluesfest.
BEST SHOW: Welsh singer Tom Jones performing at this year’s Bluesfest. Lyn McCarthy

Bluesfest Awards 2016: The best and the funniest

HERE is our selection of the best, the worst and the funniest at this year's festival:

Best Show: Tom Jones.

Sorry, Kendrick, but next to "Sir" you came a close second.

The Welsh singer was stylish, elegant and still gets ladies screaming.

He still has "the voice" and his show was just the perfect way to end the festival.

He started his show with a number of songs from his latest album (connected to his autobiography) to then unleash his timeless hits but with smooth, sexy arrangements.

Iconic Show: Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds.

The "shivers down the spine" moments started from the first harmonies at Brian Wilson's show.

Former Beach Boy Al Jardine was pivotal in a successful show, and so was his son Matt Jardine, who sang all the high notes perfectly.

The songs, the music and the voices took audiences back to California beaches of the late 1960s.

Trailblazer Award: Kendrick Lamar.

The hottest hip hop/urban artist on the planet offered a show that was strong, powerful and well-rounded in a country where the genre is only starting to infiltrate radio airwaves, despite having a number of quality local hip hop artists on our shores.

In years to come we may look at this show and think "he was way ahead of his time".

Best Performer: St Paul and the Broken Bones.

We are still recovering from the pleasant surprise this band from Alabama gave us from their first show onwards.

Frontman Paul Janeway's infectious, cheeky and highly entertaining performance only complemented the fantastic music from the rest of the band.

It was quite interesting to see the band in awe of the crowd's reaction to their amazing performance. We want them back. Soon.

Best Photo Op: Vintage Trouble.

Hailing from Hollywood, Vintage Trouble knows how to put on a show.

Vocalist Ty Taylor is not just a great singer but also an incredible performer, a nod to iconic blues and soul on stage personas from the 1950s and 1960s.

Party Time: The Cat Empire.

Rising with the Sun, the Cat's latest release, is a "dancy" mix of African beats, cumbia, Cuban Son and other Latin rhythms, so tapping your toes is the least you feel compelled to do when the band is on. Felix Riebl has always been a charismatic frontman and this time was no exception, but Harry James Angus stood up with fantastic Flamenco-inspired vocals despite being affected by a bout of food poisoning during the festival.

First Time Lucky: Fantastic Negrito.

American roots musician Xavier Dphrepaulezz, also known as Fantastic Negrito, offered a show that was spiritual without being religious, and optimistic without being naive.

A feel-good hit.



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