2008 GRAMMY Nominee for her The Scene of The Crime
2012 Blues Music Awards Nominee for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year (an award she previously won in 2008 and was nominated for in 2010 as well).
2004 Blues Music Awards Winner for Comeback Blues Album of the Year for her CD, A Woman Like Me
2011 Living Blues Awards Nominee for Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
Featured on John Lennon Tribute album The 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute, Live From the Beacon Theatre NYC to benefit Red Cross' tsunami relief efforts, released November 15, 2011
2012 DownBeat Critics Poll - ranked in the top 5 in the Best Blues Artist or Group Category. Bettye was recognized in this same category in both 2009 and 2011.
2011 B. B. King International Artist of the Year Award Nominee in The Toronto Blues Society's 15th Maple Blues Awards program. Bettye's third nomination for the award (previously 2006 & 2007).
"The showstopper was... Bettye LaVette, reveling in her first chance to perform her 1965 hit (on the Calla label), "Let Me Down Easy," with a live orchestra. In rasping, wrenching, moaning phrases, she was pure triumphant desolation, drawing a standing ovation."- Jon Pareles, New York Times, June 15, 2011, Review: Motown Meets NYC with the New York Pops orchestra
Bettye was chosen to support Robert Plant on select dates of his 2010 US Summer Tour. "It would have been nice to see Plant try to keep up with 64-year-old opener Bettye LaVette, the soul survivor who turned George Harrison's Isn't It a Pity and the Who's Love, Reign O'er Me into pained, personal rafter rattlers. If folks didn't know LaVette before this night, they sure do now. She was small but mighty, making the show unforgettable before the hirsute headliner even took the stage."- 'St. Petersburg Times
Bettye returned to Carnegie Hall in February 2011 as a featured performer at the tribute event, The Music of Neil Young at Carnegie Hall. This was her third performance at the legendary hall, having previously been featured in benefits including tributes to Joni Mitchell (2006) and The Who (2010).
Honored with Heroes And Legends (HAL) Achievement in Music Award (September 2010)
Featured guest on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor in February 2010.
Featured on Live From The Artists Den episode broadcast on PBS, August 19, 2010, backed by The Drive-By Truckers (who played on Bettye's GRAMMY Nominated album, The Scene of the Crime).
On CNN.com, Peter Grumbine (Current.com) praises Bettye, stating that of "living singers who are actively releasing music now, there is no one more soulful than Bettye LaVette." (July 2009)
Performance with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at Radio City Music Hall in New York for David Lynch Foundation's Transcendental Meditation Benefit, April 2009.
Performed at The Obama Inaugural Celebration at The Lincoln Memorial in a duet with Jon Bon Jovi (broadcast on HBO, January 2009).
Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award Honoree - 2006
Appearances on NBC's Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Austin City Limits, Good Morning America, Tavis Smiley and Lopez Tonight.
"Ms. LaVette now rivals Aretha Franklin as her generation's most vital soul singer." - The New York Times, May 20, 2010
Featured in The New Yorker (January 15, 2011) regarding her standout performance of "Love Reign O'er Me," honoring The Who at Kennedy Center Honors: "Standing in a circle of light, LaVette began in a confiding tone, and ended in a raspy, full-throated cry. The gestures she made - 'rolling her hands as if to gather momentum, letting her shoulders go slack in submission, slapping her hip as if to urge herself on, and raising her hands above her head to plead - 'were arresting, and her performance seemed startlingly authentic. Throughout, Daltrey and Townshend, and Streisand, seated beside them, nodded and shook their heads, as if listening to a galvanizing preacher. When LaVette finished, Streisand turned to Townshend and said, "Fantastic!" Later, she asked if he had really written the song."
"Bettye Lavette has always been a wonderful singer - 'I have been a huge fan for many years. To my delight and surprise she recorded an amazing version of "Talking Old Soldiers" - 'a song which nobody else has covered, and made it her own. Now she has recorded "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me" and has done exactly the same...I am truly touched by her picking these songs and can only hope that this album brings more attention to this incredible artist." - Elton John
"When you hear a voice like Bettye LaVette's there's a sense of transportation…a certain freedom of movement and emotion, which is rare. Especially to me and I suspect other Englishmen who were so fascinated by the music that is so natural to Bettye while we were still getting our feet wet. A great record. Put me in the fan club! How did Bettye LaVette slip thru the net for so long?" - Keith Richards