The Blues Foundation named Magness the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year in 2009, becoming only the second woman, after Koko Taylor, to be so honored. In the same year, she was named the Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year, which she had already won in 2006 and 2007,and was nominated for again in 2012. Since 2006, she has had 22 similar nominations. USA Today stated... Magness is a blues star.