Best Contemporary Blues Band
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Ben Harper is a Grammy Award–winning singer, songwriter and guitarist known for albums like Diamonds on the Inside and Give Till It’s Gone.
Harper took to the guitar as well as a child, teaching himself to play, and would eventually grow to love playing his trademark Weissenborn lap guitars. After listening to hip-hop for a time, he immersed himself in the sounds of the blues, studying the music from figures like Robert Johnson and playing sets as a teen. He was asked to go on tour by iconic bluesman Taj Mahal, with whom he performed on television as well.