Eric Clapton's Grammys

by Matt Gerrard

Blues guitarist Eric Clapton won critical acclaim and gained "rock legend" status as a member of The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Cream, Derek and the Dominoes and Blind Faith. Clapton is also an accomplished solo artist. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. Clapton has won a total of 11 Grammys as of July 2011.


George Harrison's "Concert For Bangladesh" won the "Album of The Year" Grammy in 1972. Clapton played lead and rhythm guitar on several tracks, including "Come In My Kitchen" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." In the 2005 documentary "The Concert for Bangladesh Revisited with George Harrison and Friends," Harrison explains that Clapton had to be coaxed out of a heroin-induced "retirement" in order to play. He arrived the night before the concert and played without rehearsing.


In 1991, Clapton won the "Best Male Vocal Rock Performance" Grammy for "Bad Love," a song taken from his "Journeyman" album. It was released as a single and topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts for three weeks. Phil Collins played drums on the studio recording.


Clapton won six Grammys in 1992 for his "Unplugged" album. "Tears in Heaven" won the "Song of the Year" and "Best Male Vocal Pop Performance" Grammys. The "Best Rock Song" Grammy was awarded to Clapton for his downbeat reworking of the rock classic "Layla." The "Unplugged" album also won "Best Male Vocal Rock Performance" and "Album of the Year." Grammy host Garry Shandling said: "If you're up against Eric Clapton in any other categories, I'd go home now."

Late 1990s and 2000s

1994's "From The Cradle" won "Best Blues Album" for its collection of classic blues tracks; the album features covers of songs by artists such as Muddy Waters, Freddie King and Elmore James. In 1996, Clapton received the "Best Male Pop Vocal" and "Record of the Year" Grammys for the song "Change The World." In 2006, Cream's members (Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce) were given Lifetime Achievement Awards.

About the Author

Matt Gerrard began writing in 2002, initially contributing articles about college student culture to "The Gateway" magazine, many of which were republished on the now-defunct Plinth blog. Since then, Gerrard has worked as a technician for musicians, educators, chemists and engineers. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in music technology from DeMontfort University.