Watching Alabama Shakes take home a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album was the highlight of my evening (no surprise since I am an admitted and unapologetic fangirl of Brittany Howard and the band). But, next year I’m hoping Gary Clark Jr. — who was part of a stellar performance with Bonnie Raitt and Chris Stapleton in honor of B.B. King — also gets major recognition from the Grammys. Check out my favorite track “Grinder” off his 2015 album The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.
— Chaka V. Grier, freelance music, culture and film journalist, Toronto