"My driving philosophy about making music is that you can reduce it all down to one note if that note is played with the right kind of sincerity."

  • Born Eric Patrick Clapton on March 30, 1945, in Surrey, England
     
  • Guitarist Eric Clapton had his first hit with "For Your Love," a 1965 single from the British blues-rock group the Yardbirds. By 1966, Clapton had teamed with bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker to form Cream, and Clapton's position as a guitar hero was firmly established. The group’s second album, 1967's Disraeli Gears, included "Sunshine Of Your Love," which features one of Clapton’s most enduring signature guitar riffs.
     
  • The guitarist's first GRAMMY win was extremely collaborative: the 1972 Album Of The Year award went to the live The Concert For Bangla Desh album. The concert was organized by George Harrison and featured performances by Clapton, Harrison, and Bob Dylan, among others. Clapton delivered one of the most emotionally compelling performances in GRAMMY history at the 35th GRAMMY Awards show in 1993 when he performed "Tears In Heaven," a song written after the tragic death of his young son. At that show, Clapton became the first British artist to win six awards in one night, including Record Of The Year for "Tears In Heaven" and Album Of The Year for Unplugged.   
     
  • Did you know? Clapton has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times: as a member of the Yardbirds, as a member of Cream, and as a solo artist.
     
  • Clapton has multiple works in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, including the Cream album Disraeli Gears and his 1974 cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff.”
     
  • Clapton founded the Crossroads Centre Antigua to offer a safe, supportive environment for the treatment of drug and alcohol dependency. 

Eric Clapton

"My driving philosophy about making music is that you can reduce it all down to one note if that note is played with the right kind of sincerity."

  • Born Eric Patrick Clapton on March 30, 1945, in Surrey, England
     
  • Guitarist Eric Clapton had his first hit with "For Your Love," a 1965 single from the British blues-rock group the Yardbirds. By 1966, Clapton had teamed with bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker to form Cream, and Clapton's position as a guitar hero was firmly established. The group’s second album, 1967's Disraeli Gears, included "Sunshine Of Your Love," which features one of Clapton’s most enduring signature guitar riffs.
     
  • The guitarist's first GRAMMY win was extremely collaborative: the 1972 Album Of The Year award went to the live The Concert For Bangla Desh album. The concert was organized by George Harrison and featured performances by Clapton, Harrison, and Bob Dylan, among others. Clapton delivered one of the most emotionally compelling performances in GRAMMY history at the 35th GRAMMY Awards show in 1993 when he performed "Tears In Heaven," a song written after the tragic death of his young son. At that show, Clapton became the first British artist to win six awards in one night, including Record Of The Year for "Tears In Heaven" and Album Of The Year for Unplugged.   
     
  • Did you know? Clapton has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times: as a member of the Yardbirds, as a member of Cream, and as a solo artist.
     
  • Clapton has multiple works in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, including the Cream album Disraeli Gears and his 1974 cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff.”
     
  • Clapton founded the Crossroads Centre Antigua to offer a safe, supportive environment for the treatment of drug and alcohol dependency. 

GRAMMY Award Results for Eric Clapton

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Nominations
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
Run Back To Your Side
 
Nominations
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Can't Find My Way Home
Best Rock Album
Live From Madison Square Garden
 
Wins
Best Contemporary Blues Album
The Road To Escondido
 
Nominations
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
You Are So Beautiful
 
Nominations
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
Revolution
 
Nominations
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Something
Best Traditional Blues Album
Me And Mr Johnson
 
Wins
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Reptile
Nominations
Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
Superman Inside
 
Wins
Best Traditional Blues Album
Riding With The King
 
Wins
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
The Calling
 
Wins
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
My Father's Eyes
Nominations
Best Pop Album
Pilgrim (Album)
 
Wins
Record Of The Year
Change The World
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Change The World
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
SRV Shuffle
Nominations
Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
Ain't Gone 'n Give Up On Your Love (Track)
 
Wins
Best Traditional Blues Album
From The Cradle
Nominations
Album Of The Year
From The Cradle (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
My Back Pages (Track)
 
Wins
Record Of The Year
Tears In Heaven
Album Of The Year
Unplugged
Song Of The Year
Tears In Heaven
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
Tears In Heaven
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
Unplugged
Best Rock Song
Layla
Nominations
Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Rush (Album)
Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
It's Probably Me (From Lethal Weapon 3) (Track)
Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Tears In Heaven (From Rush)
 
Nominations
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo
24 Nights (Album)
 
Wins
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
Bad Love
 
Nominations
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
After Midnight (Single)
 
Nominations
Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Televison Special
Back To The Future (Album)
 
Wins
Album Of The Year
The Concert For Bangla Desh
 
Nominations
Best New Artist Of The Year