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AWARDS
2014
*  Jazz Journalists Association 2014 Jazz Awards - Guitarist of the Year
*  Downbeat Magazine's Critics Poll: Guitarist of the Year
 
2013
*  Jazz Journalists Association 2013 Jazz Awards - Guitarist of the Year
*  Downbeat Magazine's Critics Poll: Guitarist of the Year
 
2012
*  Doris Duke Performing Artist Award
*  Jazz Journalists Association 2012 Jazz Awards - Guitarist of the Year
*  DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll: Guitarist of the year
 
2011
*  Academie Charles Cross - "coup de Coeur" award - French equivalent of the US Grammy.
*  DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll: Guitarist of the year
 
2010
*  Echo Jazz Awards (Germany) - Best International Guitar Player
*  DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll: Guitarist of the year
 
2009
*  Grammy award nomination for "Best Instrumental Jazz Album" for History, Mystery
*  Jazz Journalists Association 2009 Jazz Awards - Guitarist of the Year
 
2008
*  Jazz Journalists Association 2008 Jazz Awards - Guitarist of the Year
 
2006
*  DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll and Readers Poll: Guitarist of the year
 
2005
*  DownBeat Magazine's Readers Poll: Guitarist of the year
*  DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll: Guitarist of the year
*  Grammy award for "Best Contemporary Jazz Album" for Unspeakable.  
*  The German Record Prize - Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik: Bestenliste
   Bill Frisell: Richter 858 (Songlines)
 
2004
*  Grammy award nomination for Best World Music for Intercontinentals
 
2001
* DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll: Tie 1st with John Scofield; Guitarist of the year
 
1999
*  DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll: Guitarist of the year
 
1998
*  DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll: Jazz Album of the year, Guitarist of the year
 
1997
*  The German Record Prize - Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik: Jahrespreise
   Bill Frisell: Quartet (Nonesuch)
 
1996
*  DownBeat Critics Poll - Guitarist of the Year