Brandy Clark, Dwight Yoakam Shine at Grammys

Country Stars React to Their Flawless Performance

I’m calling this one: Although they didn’t take home any trophies, Brandy Clark and country icon Dwight Yoakam won the country side of the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 8) in Los Angeles.

Of all the moments last night involving our fair format, the one that stopped my heart and brought tears to my eyes was Clark’s simple and divinely poignant delivery of what I believe to be the most brilliant track on her brilliant album 12 Stories — the flawlessly written “Hold My Hand,” a heartbreaker of a ballad that left an audience full of music’s biggest names absolutely breathless.

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Oh, and I’m not the only one in agreement that Clark and her harmony partner — the one and only Yoakam — brought the house down. Twitter went absolutely nuts over the performance.

If you don’t own Clark’s nominated record 12 Stories, you are missing out on one of the most prolific country albums to come out in several years. Get in while you still can, because the world now knows what Nashville insiders already knew: That Clark is not only country music at its finest, she’s music of the highest caliber — a true poet, an authentic voice, a pure heart and soul.

Brandy Clark is a star.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.