By JONATHAN LANDRUM JR., AP Leisure Author
Jon Batiste may be 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.
Batiste earned an album of the 12 months nod for “We Are” together with document of the 12 months with “Freedom,” a feel-good ode 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.
“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 pleased that we had been in a position to make one thing in full creative integrity and have or not 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 performed 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 12 months, he angrily slammed the Grammys, calling them “corrupt” after he obtained zero nominations regardless of 2020’s largest single, “Blinding Lights.”
Although The Weeknd stated he would boycott future Grammys, he nonetheless grew to become a nominee for his work on album of the 12 months tasks, 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 12 months,” 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 completely different classes.
“The voters are really evaluating music and never getting caught up within the reputations of every other outdoors noise or any historical past of artists,” he continued. “With that in thoughts, I believe 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 assessment committee — a bunch that decided the contenders for key awards. Some claimed committee members favored tasks based mostly on private relationships and promoted tasks they favored and labored on.
Harvey is aware of the brand new voting system won’t be good at first, however he believes the initiative will produce honest ends in the long term.
“I do know we didn’t get each single one good,” Harvey stated. “I do know there will probably be some those that really feel overlooked 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 course. I’m happy with the way in which our voters did the work.”
Batiste credited the adjustments to his nominations: “I actually simply wish to give props to the Grammys. They tried this 12 months to make the method extra inclusive and be in regards to 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 normal discipline classes from eight to 10. The change impacts classes reminiscent of document, album, track of the 12 months and greatest new artist.
Harvey stated the academy elevated slots within the normal discipline classes after seeing an uptick voting participation over the previous 12 months together with the acceptance of recent 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 possibility to do what the academy does — which is to focus on music, spotlight the business and spotlight excellence in a much bigger method. With the change in our voting construction, we don’t have the nomination assessment committee. This provides our voters a possibility to have their voice heard, but in addition offers them an opportunity to have a much bigger pool to attract from when it comes time to that one winner that takes dwelling the Grammy.”
Different album of the 12 months nominees embody: 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 one of the best rating soundtrack for visible media class for his work on Pixar’s “Soul,” which received him an Oscar for greatest rating earlier this 12 months. Coming into Tuesday, he had three Grammy nominations however no wins but.
Batiste will compete for document of the 12 months towards 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 Identify),” Rodrigo’s “drivers license,” Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” and “Depart 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 occasions.
AP Leisure Author Andrew Dalton contributed to this report.
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