Jon Batiste tops the Grammys, winning 5 trophies – Smithers Interior News
Jon Batiste won album of the year for ‘We Are’ at the Grammy Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas, presenting him with five trophies on a night that saw 70s funk Silk Sonic take the record of the Year and Song of the Year and newcomer Olivia Rodrigo wins three awards.
Batiste honored the artists he beat. “Creative arts are subjective,” he said. “Be you.”
The multi-genre performer also won for her song “Cry,” the video for “Freedom” and her work with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross on the “Soul” soundtrack.
“I just put my head down and I work on the craft every day. I love music,” he said.
– Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) April 4, 2022
R&B supergroup Silk Sonic took home four awards, including Record of the Year. Olivia Rodrigo won three trophies, including the coveted Best New Artist.
Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak were exuberant as they accepted the honor towards the end of the ceremony. This victory places Mars once again in historic company: he becomes the only artist with Paul Simon to win the prize three times.
“We’re really trying our best to stay humble at this point,” .Paak said. “But in the industry, we call it a sweep!” later adding “drinks are on Silk Sonic tonight!”
The victory came after the night’s festivities turned somber when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the rally with an update on the war and his numbers included children injured and killed. “Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos,” he said. “We are fighting against Russia, which brings horrible silence with its bombs. Dead silence. Fill the silence with your music.
He ended by saying, “Tell the truth about the war on your social media, on TV. Support us in any way you can, but not silently. And then peace will come to all our cities.
John Legend then performed “Free” with Ukrainian exiles, including singer-actress Mika Newton and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk.
Rodrigo’s win for Best New Artist features her esteemed company including Carly Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tom Jones, The Beatles and Billie Eilish.
A veteran of the ‘High School Musical’ series, Rodrigo became the music star of 2021, leading with his huge viral hit ‘Drivers License’ and following up with single ‘Good 4 U’ and painful album ‘Sour’. who took best pop vocal album.
“It’s my biggest dream come true,” she said after her best new artist win. She thanked her parents for supporting her dreams, which at one point involved being an Olympic gymnast and soon turned to music.
“I want to thank my mom for being so supportive of all my dreams, no matter how crazy. I want to thank my mom and dad for being as proud of me for winning a Grammy as they were. when I learned to reverse.
Silk Sonic — the star union of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak — opened the Grammys in Las Vegas with their energetic, infectious dose of retro soul and funk performing their “777.” They returned to the stage soon after to collect the Song of the Year trophy for “Leave the Door Open”.
– Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) April 4, 2022
The win helps Mars tie the record for most songs of the year. He had already won for “24K Magic”.
Mars and .Paak jumped out of their seats, raised their hands, and danced to their song.
“I couldn’t be more proud to do this with someone other than you,” Mars told .Paak. “We will sing this song together for the rest of our lives.”
Host Trevor Noah introduced the duo’s opening performance saying they singlehandedly brought back the 1970s, “which might explain the inflation”.
By the time the show debuted on CBS, Jon Batiste had already won four Grammy Awards, including his first ever. Batiste won Best American Roots Performance, Best American Roots Song, Best Music Video, and tied with Carlos Rafael Rivera for Best Soundtrack for Visual Media. His song “Freedom” in the music video category beat out several other tough competitors, including Rodrigo, Lil Nas X and Eilish. Full honors were presented in a pre-broadcast ceremony.
“I am so grateful for the gifts God has given me and the ability to share them for the love of humanity,” Batiste said. “We just wanted everyone to see it. Any depression, bondage or darkness that has overwhelmed your life is completely eliminated by the love and joy of video.
It’s the first tie since 2019 when Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake tied with Anderson .Paak for best rap performance.
Batiste entered the Grammys as the leading contender with 11 nominations. The losses kept the multi-talented entertainer from making history for most one-night wins.
It was a family affair for cousins Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar, who won Best Rap Performance for their song “Family Ties.” Lamar won his 14th Grammy and the first for Keem, who said “nothing could have prepared me for this moment” after taking the stage to claim his trophy.
Chris Stapleton won his third Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance for “You Should Probably Leave.” He extended his record for most wins.
Dressed in all black, BTS took to the stage with a flirtatious moment between V and Rodrigo before the group performed their single “Butter.” They made an appearance after one of the members tested positive for COVID-19. The seven members – Jin, Jimin, V, RM, J-Hope, Suga and Jungkook – acted like they were secret agents with neon blue lasers, dancing with flowing choreography before entering a brief rap part of the song.
Foo Fighters picked up three awards on Sunday but weren’t there to collect their trophies following the recent death of drummer Taylor Hawkins. An extended tribute to Hawkins was played before the show’s In Memorium segment honoring deceased artists and music industry figures.
Eilish paid tribute to Hawkins during her performance by sporting a black T-shirt featuring her likeness. She took the stage in an upside-down house with her brother Finneas before walking through the rain to perform the title track to her ‘Happier Than Ever’.
TJ Osborne, who came out as gay last year, fought back tears as he and his brother accepted a Grammy for the Osborn brothers’ song ‘Younger Me’. He noted that the song was inspired by his coming out.
“I never thought I’d be able to make music professionally because of my sexuality. And I certainly never thought I’d be here on stage accepting a Grammy after doing something that I think , was going to change my life and potentially in a very negative way,” Osborne said.
“And here I am tonight, not only accepting this Grammy Award with my brother, who I love so much, but I’m here with a man I love and he loves me back. …I don’t know not what i did to be so lucky.
Eilish could become the first artist to win record of the year three times in a row, and the only artist along with Paul Simon to win the award three times. She is in a position to join Adele as the only artist to have won three major categories – record, song and album of the year – twice. She has already won for “Bad Guy” and “Everything I Wanted”.
The ceremony moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas due to rising cases of COVID-19 and the omicron variant in January, with organizers citing ‘too risky’ to host the performance-packed show at the era.
Artists competing with Eilish for album of the year include Rodrigo, Batiste, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, HER, Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X and Kanye West.
Bennett extended his artist record for most traditional pop vocal album with 14 wins with “Love for Sale,” a duet album with Lady Gaga.
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