Grammys Crown Gary Clark Jr. as Rock's New King
Despite the Grammy Awards telecast completely banishing all rock music categories from the live show, the presence of rock n'roll was still eminent thanks to blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr.
Clark had quite the Grammys this year which began at the Grammy pre-show earlier in the evening. Due to the amount of awards the Recording Academy delivers each year, a three hour pre-show happens prior to the live event where the majority of the awards are given out. More recently rock music categories have also been pushed to the pre-show, and it's here where Gary Clark Jr. took home three awards for; Best Contemporary Blues Album (This Land), Best Rock Performance (This Land) and Best Rock Song (This Land).
Other rock categories saw Tool take home Best Metal Performance (7empest) and Cage The Elephant for Best Rock Album (Social Cues).
But it was Gary Clark Jr.'s presence during the live show that proved he's the new poster boy for rock n' roll. He took part in two performances last night being the only rock nominee to get stage time during the actual telecast.
He contributed his talents to the final performance honouring long time Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich, and also performed his own song This Land with The Roots.
Early last year Clark released This Land, and was praised for the song's social political messaging. The track and accompanying music video addressed both past and present racism Clark has experienced while growing up in Texas. The song was also praised for it's successful fusion of both rock and hip-hop elements, truly bringing together the best of both genres.
To read Rock Is Dead's full break down of This Land, click here.