Jon Batiste and Silk Sonic Win Major Awards: NPR


Jon Batiste accepts the Grammy for Album of the Year at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards held in Las Vegas on Sunday April 3rd. Batiste was the night’s biggest winner numerically, with five awards including the last honor of the night.

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Jon Batiste accepts the Grammy for Album of the Year at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards held in Las Vegas on Sunday April 3rd. Batiste was the night’s biggest winner numerically, with five awards including the last honor of the night.

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In the 64th Grammy Awardswhich took place in Las Vegas on Sunday, the grand prizes were split among a number of winners including Jon Batiste, Silk Sonic and Olivia Rodrigo.

According to the numbers, that of the night the biggest winner was Jon Batistewho took home most of his five awards at what the Grammys call the premiere ceremony, the pre-broadcast event at which the vast majority of awards are presented annually. In a group of 10 powerful competitorsBatiste won Album of the Year for We are.

Batiste also won Best American Roots Performance, Best American Roots Song, Best Visual Media Score Soundtrack (matching Carlos Rafael Rivera’s score for The Queen’s Gambit) and best music video for “Freedom”. Batiste topped the Grammys that year with 11 wide-ranging nominations, including Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

“I just put my head down and work at the craft every day… It’s more than entertainment to me, it’s a spiritual practice,” Batiste said in his Album of the Year acceptance speech, calling out the other artists nominated in the category . “Be you, that’s it.” He also emphasized that there are no “best” artists or albums, but that “it’s like making a song or an album and it almost has a radar for finding a person when they need it most.” “.

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Before accepting the Album of the Year award, Batiste also gave a jubilant, technicolor performance of his song “Freedom”, dancing and leading the performers from the stage into the audience, where he finished the song and jumped onto the table where Billie was sitting Eilish was sitting.

Throwback R&B act Silk Sonic — fronted by the duo of Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars — won four awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance (along with Jazmine Sullivan) and “Best R&B Song of the”. Year. Mars is a Grammy favorite. This was his third record of the year win and his last solo album, 24K magicShe swept the top categories four years ago. Silk Sonic made his television debut at last year’s Grammys with “Leave the Door Open,” which would garner awards during the 2022 awards show.

“Because of you, me and Andy will sing this song forever!” Mars said in his speech while accepting the night’s first award for song of the year. “Rest of our lives,” Anderson echoed .Paak, who later joked while accepting another award for the same song that it was hard for the duo to “stay humble.” Silk Sonic opened the Grammys with their performance of “777,” a fitting ode to the 2022 ceremony location: Las Vegas.

Singer Olivia Rodrigo took home the awards for Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance. She had been nominated for seven awards. During the show, Rodrigo performed her hit song “Driver’s License” against the backdrop of a suburban street equipped with a real car. The 19-year-old singer-songwriter broke down in tears during her acceptance speech as she accepted her award for Best New Artist, telling the audience it was her “biggest dream come true”.


Olivia Rodrigo, winner of Best New Artist, performs ‘Driver’s License’ at the 2022 Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.

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Jazmine Sullivan took home two Grammys, including Best R&B Album for her album heaux stories, after being nominated for 12 Grammy Awards before winning this year’s awards. “I don’t know what I heard, I almost didn’t believe it,” Sullivan said in her acceptance speech, looking stunned after her name was called for best R&B album.

Foo Fighters won three Grammys and swept all non-metal rock categories. But the band, previously slated to perform during the show, withdrew from the public eye afterwards sudden death his drummer Taylor Hawkins at the age of 50 on March 25 while touring in Colombia.

The broadcast of the 64th Grammy Awards was generally a lively, upbeat evening, lightly peppered with awards shows and generally filled with feel-good performances. But the evening took two serious turns, with a heartfelt in memoriam segment that began with a lengthy tribute to Hawkins, followed by a medley of songs written by Stephen Sondheim and a taped performance by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

In his emotional message, Zelenskyy spoke about the plight of his people and his country’s musicians “who have swapped their tuxedos for body armor”.

President Zelenskyi’s remarks were followed by John Legend’s performance of Free, which also featured Ukrainian musicians Siuzanna Iglidan and Mika Newton, and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk.

There was no single theme running through the night’s wins and losses, and while there were a few quick nods intensity of The Oscars last week, the Grammys rolled out smoothly. With just nine awards presented during the televised ceremony, the show focused heavily on its wide-ranging performances.

J. Balvin performed a medley of his hits “Qué Más Pues?” with the Argentinian singer Maria Becerra and “In da Ghetto”. And boy band BTS delivered a spy-themed performance for their song “Butter,” with seamless choreography and audience participation from Rodrigo.

Lil Nas X performed three of the biggest songs from his 2021 album in a variety of glitzy costumes Montero: “Dead Right Now”, “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Industry Baby” with rapper Jack Harlow. Both Lil Nas X and Doja Cat, known for their viral, conversation-starting antics as artists and performers, appeared on stage throughout the night. Lil Nas X’s performance was ambitious but almost restrained compared to the incendiary acts the star’s fans and critics might be expecting, and Doja Cat’s acceptance speech for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, which began with her noting, that she almost missed her victory being in the bathroom ended up with the rapper choking with gratitude.

Billie Eilish, who swept the top four categories in 2020 and took record of the year in 2021, was nominated for seven awards but won none. Nonetheless, she delivered the hardest moment of the night’s rock ‘n’ roll spectacle with her song “Happier Than Ever” alongside her brother and artistic collaborator FINNEAS. During her performance, Eilish wore a t-shirt featuring Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.


Billie Eilish (right) performs “Happier Than Ever” with her brother and collaborator FINNEAS at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. Eilish, who was nominated for seven awards but won none, wore a T-shirt with a picture of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died last month.

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Lady Gaga performed a perfect retro set of the album-length songs “Love For Sale” and “Do I Love You” from her collaboration with Tony Bennett. love for sale, which won a Grammy for traditional pop song album earlier in the night. Bennett, who retired from performing last year, introduced Gaga via a pre-recorded video. With a montage of their time in the studio playing in the background of Gaga’s performance, the moment was a powerful reminder of their relationship together.

HER, which was nominated for eight awards and won a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance, performed two of her own songs with three different collaborators on stage – Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Travis Barker – before performing a rendition of Lenny Kravitz’ “Are You Gonna Go My Way” sang alongside the rock star himself.

The night also frequently highlighted the work of less visible players in the live music industry ravaged by the pandemic – and particularly women who worked behind the scenes. The ceremony was attended by tour managers and other staff from artists such as Billie Eilish, HER, Carrie Underwood and Chris Stapleton, who introduced their respective artists. It was also an opportunity for the Recording Academy to improve their optics when it comes to women working in the music industry. The organization is still trying to improve its reputation after its former boss claimed in 2018 that women had to do it “rising up.” Just last week, a study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative showed that a recent initiative by the Recording Academy aims to help increase the representation of women working as songwriters, engineers and producers no discernible effects.

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