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We’re still reeling from Chris Stapleton‘s CMA Awards performance with Justin Timberlake in November, so it’s no surprise that one of tonight’s most anticipated Grammy award show performances came from the breakout artist.
Stapleton was joined by legendary blues singer Bonnie Raitt and guitarist Gary Clark Jr. for a stunning tribute to B.B. King who died in May of 2015. The collaboration of King’s “The Thrill Is Gone” was everything we imagined it would be…and more. See the video below.
Stapleton, whose voice is made for the blues, had a huge night prior to his King tribute. Stapleton took home his first-ever Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance for his song “Traveller” during the non-televised portion of the ceremony. He followed it up with a second Grammy by winning Best Country Album for his debut album Traveller. During his acceptance speech he surprised everyone by thanking country-turned-pop artist Taylor Swift.
“I’d like to thank Taylor Swift for glitter-bombing me before,” Stapleton said. “This is something you never ever dream of, and I’m super grateful for,” he continued. “I want to thank my wife. . . all the guys in the band, in the crew, all the fans.”
Chris Stapleton quickly rose to fame following his shocking upsets at the CMA Awards in November. The singer cleaned house as he took home trophies is all three categories in which he was nominated: Male Vocalist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year. But, the talk of the night was Stapleton’s duet of “Tennessee Whiskey” with Justin Timberlake. Stapleton’s rarely heard album quickly became a must-have for country fans as sales increased 6,000% following him CMA performance.
Stapleton is also up for Album of the Year tonight, the only artist representing country music in the category.
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