Gary Clark Jr., Willie Nelson, Patty Griffin and Delbert McClinton all emerged victorious at Sunday’s 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, winning a total of six awards to mark one of the best days for Austin artists in Grammys history.
Clark, nominated for four awards, won three: Best Contemporary Blues Album for "This Land," and both Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for the album’s title track.
The native Austinite spoke briefly in accepting the Rock Performance award, thanking Austin’s Arlyn Studios and its in-house engineer/production team of Jacob Sciba and Joseph Holguin, as well as his wife and members of his band and management team. At the end he sneaked in a quick "Hi Mom," then returned to accept the Rock Song award with a very quick, "I love you too, Pop. I’m out!"
Clark’s video for "This Land" lost in the Music Video category to Lil Nas X’s blockbuster "Old Town Road."
Nelson’s win for Best Country Solo Performance was his 10th career Grammy Award and his third in the past four years, following trophies in the Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for tributes to the Gershwins and Frank Sinatra. It was his first Grammy in a country category since 2007.
Griffin’s self-titled 2019 release won Best Folk Album. It’s her second career Grammy, following a Best Traditional Gospel Album award for 2010’s "Downtown Church." Griffin just completed a two-night stand at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels on Friday and Saturday.
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McClinton, who rose to prominence in Fort Worth and has lived part time in Austin for several decades, took home the Best Traditional Blues Album award for "Tall, Dark & Handsome," credited to Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men + Dana. In a short acceptance speech, McClinton, who’d previously won two Grammys, primarily thanked his band members and family. Also nominated in the same category was Austin’s Jimmie Vaughan, for his 2019 album "Baby, Please Come Home."
Most of Austin’s winners were not in attendance at the Staples Center for the daytime Grammy Premiere Ceremony, which preceded the CBS prime-time TV portion and was livestreamed on the Grammy.com website. Clark may have been preparing for his performance as part of the evening telecast.
One other Austin act, Black Pumas, was nominated in the Best New Artist category, awarded during the prime-time segment. The band faced tough odds in a category that included some of 2020’s top-selling acts, including Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X.
VIDEO: Watch Black Pumas cover the Beatles’ "Eleanor Rigby" on "Austin City Limits"
Austin choral group Conspirare and conductor Craig Hella Johnson were nominated for a second career Grammy for Best Choral Performance, but the award went to Houston conductor Robert Simpson for "Duruflé: Complete Choral Works." Accepting the award, Simpson called Houston "one of the real artistic capitals of our country."
Former local musician Sarah Jarosz, raised in Wimberley but now living in the Northeast, won her third Grammy as a member of I’m With Her, a trio also featuring Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan. They won Best American Roots Song for "Call My Name," which they performed live as part of the daytime ceremony. Jarosz won her first two Grammys three years ago.