By Deepa Lakshmin
Jon Batiste’s We Are. Tony Bennet and Woman Gaga’s Love For Sale. Justin Bieber’s Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe). Doja Cat’s Planet Her (Deluxe). Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever. H.E.R.’s Again of My Thoughts. Lil Nas X’s Montero. Olivia Rodrigo’s Bitter. Taylor Swift’s Evermore. Kanye West’s Donda.
The Recording Academy nominated all the above for Album of the 12 months on the sixty fourth Grammy Awards, and although Jon Batiste finally took dwelling one of many night time’s most coveted Gramophones, he needs the viewers to know there aren’t any superlatives with regards to artwork. In actual fact, as you’ll be able to see within the video under, he appeared genuinely confused when presenter Lenny Kravitz revealed the winner on Sunday (April 3) at Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Backyard Area. After all, that shock gave away to pure pleasure quickly after.
“I imagine this to my core: There isn’t a finest musician, finest artist, finest dancer, finest actor,” Batiste stated after taking the stage for his acceptance speech. “The artistic arts are subjective, they usually attain individuals at a degree of their lives after they want it most. It’s like a tune or an album is made and it nearly has a radar to seek out the particular person after they want it essentially the most.”
Batiste led the 2022 Grammy nominations with a whopping 11 nods, together with File of the 12 months for “Freedom,” which he carried out earlier within the night time. His energizing set began with a piano, included backup dancers galore decked out in multicolor fits, and ended with him dancing on Billie Eilish’s desk, as one does.
“I simply put my head down, and I work on the craft on daily basis. I really like music, I’ve been taking part in since I used to be a little bit boy. It’s greater than leisure for me, it’s a religious observe,” he continued, shouting out his relations and hugging producer Ryan Lynn for serving to him with We Are. “I didn’t do it on my own.”
He went on to thank his fellow nominees, spreading positivity to the entire crowd: “Each single artist that was nominated on this class I really love and have had out-of-body experiences along with your music. I honor you, and that is for actual artists, actual musicians, let’s simply maintain going. Be you, that’s it. I really like you even when I don’t know you! Goodnight!” Discover all of the winners right here.