“Music’s Biggest Night” unfolded this past Sunday even as a cloud of controversy and grief hung over the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Performances by artists of all stripes abounded, and by the end of the night, 18-year old pop star Billie Eilish had swept all four of the top-billed categories. Among the class of more than 80 newly minted GRAMMY winners, we’d like to extend a special congratulations to the artists who have previously performed on a Levitt stage: Gary Clark Jr., Mariachi los Camperos, Sarah Watkins & Sarah Jarosz, Patty Griffin, PJ Morton, and Ranky Tanky!
Gary Clark Jr.
Best Rock song — “This Land”
Best Rock Performance —This Land
Best Contemporary Blues Album — This Land
Gary Clark Jr. won a total of three awards — two for his sprawling blues-rock album This Land, which highlights the ongoing issue of racism in America, and one for the album’s title track. Clark previously won the GRAMMY for Best Traditional R&B Performance in 2014 for his song “Please Come Home.” The Austin-based rocker performed at Levitt Shell Memphis in 2011.
Mariachi los Camperos
Best Regional Mexican Music Album — De Ayer Para Siempre
Mainstay mariachi ensemble Mariachi los Camperos won a second GRAMMY award in the Best Regional Music Album category for their most recent release, De Ayer Para Siempre. The band performed at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles in 2016.
Best Folk Album — Patty Griffin
Veteran singer-songwriter Patty Griffin won Best Folk Album for her 10th studio release, a self-titled project that explores her recent battle with breast cancer. Griffin has received seven GRAMMY nominations over the course of her decades-long career and has now tallied two wins. She performed at Levitt Shell Memphis in 2013.
Best R&B Song — “Say So”
Keyboardist, singer and Maroon 5 member PJ Morton notched his second career GRAMMY win on Sunday when “Say So” took the prize for Best R&B Song. The upbeat track was made in collaboration with fellow pop singer JoJo. Morton performed at Levitt AMP Ocala in 2019.
Best Regional Roots Music Album — Good Time
Ranky Tanky won Best Regional Roots Music Album for their sophomore release Good Time. On the album, the ensemble infuses Gullah, a musical form that originated among enslaved Africans in South Carolina’s low country, with modern jazz sounds. This was the band’s first ever GRAMMY nomination and win. They performed at Levitt Pavilion Westport in 2018.
Sara Watkins & Sarah Jarosz
Best American Roots Song — “Call My Name”
Along with fellow musician Aoife O’Donovan, Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz won the songwriting GRAMMY for Best American Roots Song for the track “Call My Name.” Watkins performed at Levitt SteelStacks in 2017, and Jarosz performed at Levitt Shell Memphis in 2016.
Once more, a huge congratulations to these artists and all of the other GRAMMY winners. Thank you for bringing your award-winning talent to Levitt stages across the country!