Robin Rogers in the running for blues award

In December, Gaston County-based blues singer Robin Rogers was nominated for the Blues Music Award's Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. She received the news only two days before her death.

The Blues Music Awards will be held in Memphis on May 5. Voting is open to Blues Foundation members. To become a member, go to www.blues.org . Membership is $25. Voting closes March 1.

Rogers had gained a national following in recent years after she signed with Blind Pig Records and released 2008's "Treat Her Right."