Jon Batiste is perhaps the Grammys greatest 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.
Batiste earned an album of the yr nod for “We Are” together with file of the yr with “Freedom,” a feel-good ode to town of New Orleans. His nominations span a number of genres together with R&B, jazz, American roots music, classical and music video.
“Oh my goodness. I’m nonetheless in a state of astonishment and shock,” Batiste advised The Related Press moments after studying of the nominations. “I’m simply actually comfortable that we had been capable of make one thing in full creative integrity and have it’s acknowledged.”
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 executed asserting its nominees for its Jan. 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 permit his label to submit his music. Earlier this yr, he angrily slammed the Grammys, calling them “corrupt” after he acquired zero nominations regardless of 2020’s greatest single, “Blinding Lights.”
Although The Weeknd stated he would boycott future Grammys, he nonetheless turned a nominee for his work on album of the yr 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 nobody is considering what occurred earlier than, what was the controversy, what was the noise, or the place was this artist making music final yr,” stated Harvey Mason jr., the Recording Academy’s CEO. He stated voters centered on the “excellence of music” whereas contemplating nominees like Batiste and Kacey Musgraves, whose work additionally crosses over into totally different classes.
“The voters are really evaluating music and never getting caught up within the reputations of every 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.”
Mason stated he was happy with the brand new peer-driven voting system after seeing the record 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 favored initiatives primarily based on private relationships and promoted initiatives they favored and labored on.
Harvey is aware of the brand new voting system may not be excellent at first, however he believes the initiative will produce truthful ends in the long term.
“I do know we didn’t get each single one excellent,” Harvey stated. “I do know there will probably be some people who really feel omitted or that we missed a nomination right here or there. That makes me unhappy as a result of I don’t need anyone to have that feeling. However I do really feel like we’re on the right track. I’m happy with the way in which our voters did the work.”
Batiste credited the modifications to his nominations: “I actually simply wish to give props to the Grammys. They tried this yr 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 discipline classes from eight to 10. The change impacts classes similar to file, album, music of the yr and greatest new artist.
Harvey stated the academy elevated slots within the basic discipline classes after seeing an uptick voting participation over the previous yr together with the acceptance of latest membership invites and a excessive variety of greater than 21,730 entries submitted for Grammy consideration.
“We thought the timing was proper,” he stated. “We noticed a chance to do what the academy does — which is to focus on music, spotlight the trade and spotlight excellence in an even bigger method. With the change in our voting construction, we don’t have the nomination evaluate committee. This provides our voters a chance to have their voice heard, but in addition offers them an opportunity to have an even bigger pool to attract from when it comes time to that one winner that takes house the Grammy.”
Different album of the yr nominees embrace: Bieber’s “Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe),” Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever,” West’s “Donda,” Tony Bennett & Girl 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 perfect rating soundtrack for visible media class for his work on Pixar’s “Soul,” which received him an Oscar for greatest rating earlier this yr. Coming into Tuesday, he had three Grammy nominations however no wins but.
Batiste will compete for file of the yr in opposition to a bevy of candidates together with Bennett & Gaga’s “I Get a Kick Out of You,” ABBA’s “I Nonetheless Have Religion in You,” Bieber’s “Peaches” that includes Daniel Caesar and Giveon, Brandi Carlile’s “Proper on Time,” Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me Extra” with SZA, Lil Nas X’s “MONTERO (Name Me by Your Title),” Rodrigo’s “drivers license,” Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” and “Go away The Door Open” by Silk Sonic — the tremendous duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak.
Jay-Z, who was nominated for 3 Grammys on Tuesday, now has essentially the most nominations of all time with 83. The 23-time Grammy-winning rapper moved previous Quincy Jones, who has been nominated 80 instances.