BEST: Gary Clark Jr. Cuts Keith Urban
Even if we're in a cultural moment when guitar solos aren't exactly filling the airwaves, the Grammy Award telecast always seems to find a place for some supreme displays of axemanship. This year was no different, as country star/hotshot guitarist Keith Urban was joined by blues and R&B up-and-comer Gary Clark Jr. for a performance of the former's "Cop Car." Urban's solo was graceful and arcing. Then Clark, a two-time nominee on this night, let loose with a searing, gritty, jaw-dropping lead before dialing it back and joining with Urban in some dueling fretwork. This was a thrilling display of pure musicianship, and purely thrilling.