Jon Batiste is perhaps the Grammys largest shock, the multi-genre performer and up to date Oscar winner made such an impression on voters that he scored essentially the most nominations with 11 on Tuesday.
atiste earned an album of the 12 months nod for We Are together with report of the 12 months with Freedom, a feel-good homage to the town of New Orleans.
His nominations span a number of genres together with R&B, jazz, American roots music, classical and music video.
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“Oh my goodness. I’m nonetheless in a state of astonishment and shock,” Batiste instructed The Related Press moments after studying of the nominations.
“I’m simply actually joyful that we have been capable of make one thing in full creative integrity and have it’s recognised.”
Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. every got here away with the second-most nominations with eight by the point the Recording Academy was accomplished saying its nominees for its January 31 present.
Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo each had seven nods.
Together with Batiste’s shock domination, one other shock was The Weeknd nabbing three nominations after the pop star claimed he wouldn’t enable his label to submit his music.
Earlier this 12 months, he angrily slammed the Grammys, calling them “corrupt” after he acquired zero nominations regardless of 2020’s largest single, Blinding Lights.
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Regardless that The Weeknd mentioned he would boycott future Grammys, he nonetheless turned a nominee for his work on album of the 12 months initiatives, together with Doja Cat’s deluxe version Planet Her and Kanye West’s Donda.
His third nomination was for his look on West’s single Hurricane, which additionally options Lil Child.
“What I like is the truth that no-one is considering what occurred earlier than, what was the controversy, what was the noise, or the place was this artist making music final 12 months,” mentioned Harvey Mason Jr, the Recording Academy’s CEO.
He mentioned voters targeted on the “excellence of music” whereas contemplating nominees like Batiste and Kacey Musgraves, whose work additionally crosses over into completely different classes.
“The voters are really evaluating music and never getting caught up within the reputations of some other exterior noise or any historical past of artists,” he continued.
“With that in thoughts, I feel they’re voting for issues that they’re acknowledging as excellence.”
Mr Mason Jr mentioned he was happy with the brand new peer-driven voting system after seeing the checklist of nominees. He instituted the 10-3 initiative — which permits the academy’s greater than 11,000 members to vote for as much as 10 classes in three genres. All voters can vote for the highest 4 awards.
The brand new system changed the nameless nominations evaluate committee — a bunch that decided the contenders for key awards. Some claimed committee members favoured initiatives based mostly on private relationships and promoted initiatives they favoured and labored on.
Batiste credited the adjustments to his nominations: “I actually simply need to give props to the Grammys. They tried this 12 months to make the method extra inclusive and be concerning the music first. Different creators listened to the music and determined to present me these nominations and I’m so grateful for that.”
For the primary time, the academy expanded the variety of nominees within the basic area classes from eight to 10. The change impacts classes resembling report, album, tune of the 12 months and finest new artist.
Different album of the 12 months nominees embody: Bieber’s Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe), Eilish’s Happier Than Ever, West’s Donda, Tony Bennett & Woman Gaga’s Love for Sale, Olivia Rodrigo’s Bitter, Taylor Swift’s evermore and Lil Nas X’s Montero.
Batiste, the bandleader of The Late Present With Stephen Colbert, picked up a bid in the most effective rating soundtrack for visible media class for his work on Pixar’s Soul, which gained him an Oscar for finest rating earlier this 12 months.