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By Deepa Lakshmin

Jon Batiste’s We Are. Tony Bennet and Girl Gaga’s Admire 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 Succor of My Mind. 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 Year at the 64th Grammy Awards, and though Jon Batiste finally took dwelling for sure one of many night’s most coveted Gramophones, he wants the viewers to know there ought to now not any superlatives in terms of art. In fact, because it is possible you’ll presumably presumably moreover look within the video below, he looked if truth be told at a loss for phrases when presenter Lenny Kravitz revealed the winner on Sunday (April 3) at Las Vegas’s MGM Worthy Backyard Enviornment. After all, that shock gave away to pure joy soon after.

“I factor in this to my core: There is rarely this kind of thing as a finest musician, finest artist, finest dancer, finest actor,” Batiste acknowledged after taking the stage for his acceptance speech. “The inventive arts are subjective, and they reach folks at some extent of their lives when they need it most. It’s admire a tune or an album is made and it almost has a radar to bag the person when they need it presumably the most.”

Batiste led the 2022 Grammy nominations with a whopping 11 nods, including List of the Year for “Freedom,” which he conducted earlier within the night. His energizing map started with a piano, integrated backup dancers galore decked out in multicolor fits, and ended with him dancing on Billie Eilish’s desk, as one does.

“I apt save my head down, and I work on the craft each day. I adore tune, I’ve been taking half in since I was a runt boy. It’s extra than entertainment for me, it’s a religious follow,” he persevered, shouting out his relatives and hugging producer Ryan Lynn for helping him with We Are. “I didn’t originate it on my have.”

He went on to thank his fellow nominees, spreading positivity to the total crowd: “Each artist that was nominated on this category I certainly adore and possess had out-of-body experiences along with your tune. I honor you, and this is for unswerving artists, unswerving musicians, let’s apt discover going. Be you, that’s it. I adore you even supposing I don’t know you! Goodnight!” Fetch all the winners here.

  • Grammys
  • Music
  • Jon Batiste

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