Gary Clark, Jr. joined the VH1 You Oughta Know family back in November of 2012, shortly after his outstanding major label debut LP, Blak And Blu, dropped. His work earned him a spot in history at the 2014 Grammy Awards as the first person who has EVER been nominated for both Best Rock Song (“Ain’t Messin ’Round”) AND Best Traditional R&B Performance (“Please Come Home”) in the same year, and this genre-bending musician was able to put his chops on display for millions of viewers across the world tonight.
Gary Clark Jr. teamed up with part-time musician, part-time Idol judge Keith Urban for a rousing performance of Urban’s track “Cop Car.” The two traded verses, but most impressively, faced off with a couple of face-melting guitar solos to close the song out. Urban has always been a underrated axe man, but Gary Clark Jr. demonstrated why people have been comparing him to guitar legends like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and B.B. King since he first broke onto the Austin, TX club scene some 17 years ago as a 12-year-old. His connection to the guitar, both on the physical and mental level, is the kind of thing that really only comes around a handful of times in a generation, and we’re glad that a national television audience was able to pay witness to his virtuosity this evening.
Before we let you go, we would be remiss if we didn’t congratulate Gary on two fronts. First, for winning a Best Traditional R&B Performance Grammy earlier this evening for “Please Come Home,” and second, for walking the red carpet with his ridiculously gorgeous ladyfriend (and Victoria’s Secret model) Nicole Trunfio. Talk about Arm Candy!
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