Musician Jon Batiste tops Grammy nominations with 11


The Associated Press

Jon Batiste might be the Grammys’ biggest surprise: the multi-genre artist and recent Oscar winner made such an impression on voters that he scored the most nominations with 11 on Tuesday.

Batiste won album of the year for “We Are” as well as record of the year with “Freedom”, an ode to well-being to the city of New Orleans. His nominations span several genres, including R&B, jazz, American roots music, classical and music videos.

“Oh my God. I’m still in a state of amazement and shock,” Batiste told The Associated Press moments after learning of the nominations. “I’m just so happy that we were able to do something with artistic integrity and that it was recognized.”

Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and HER each walked away with the second-highest number of nominations with eight as the Recording Academy finished announcing its nominees for its Jan.31 show. Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo both had seven nods.

Along with Batiste’s surprise dominance, another shock was The Weeknd’s three nominations after the pop star claimed he would not allow his label to submit his music. Earlier this year, he angrily criticized the Grammys, calling them “corrupt” after not receiving any nominations despite the biggest single of 2020, “Blinding Lights.”

Even though The Weeknd announced he would boycott future Grammys, he still got nominated for his work on Album of the Year projects including Doja Cat’s deluxe edition “Planet Her” and “Donda” by Kanye West. Her third nomination was for her appearance on West’s single “Hurricane”, which also features Lil Baby.

“What I like is the fact that no one thinks about what happened before, what the controversy was, what the noise was or where this artist was making music last year,” said Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. He said voters focused on “the excellence of the music” while considering candidates like Batiste and Kacey Musgraves, whose work evenly falls into different categories.

“Voters really value the music and don’t get swayed by the reputation of any other outside noise or any artist story,” he continued. “With that in mind, I think they vote for things they recognize as excellence.”

Mason said he was happy with the new peer voting system after seeing the list of candidates. He instituted the 10-3 initiative, which allows more than 11,000 academy members to vote for up to 10 categories in three genres. All voters can vote for the first four prizes.

The new system replaced the anonymous Nominations Review Board – a group that determined key award nominees. Some claimed that committee members favor projects based on personal relationships and promote projects that they favor and work on.

Harvey knows the new voting system may not be perfect at first, but he believes the initiative will produce fair results in the long run.

“I know not all of us got a perfect result,” said Harvey. “I know there will be people who will feel left out or that we missed a nomination here or there. It makes me sad because I don’t want anyone to have that feeling. But I feel like we let’s go in the right direction, I’m happy with the way our constituents have done the job.

Batiste attributed the changes to his nominations: “I really just want to donate props to the Grammys. They’ve tried this year to make the process more inclusive and focus on the music first. Other creators have listened to the music. and have decided to give me these nominations and I am so grateful for that. “

For the first time, the academy has increased the number of nominees in general domain categories from eight to 10. The change impacts categories such as record, album, song of the year and best new artist.

Harvey said the academy has increased the number of places in general field categories after seeing an increase in the number of votes over the past year as well as the acceptance of new invitations to become members.

“We thought the time was right,” he said. “We saw an opportunity to do what the academy does – which is to showcase music, showcase the industry, and showcase excellence more broadly. With the change in our structure vote, we do not have a nominations review committee. This gives our constituents the opportunity to have their voices heard, but also gives them the chance to have a larger pool to draw from when the time comes. to win the Grammy. ”

Other nominees for Album of the Year include: “Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) by Bieber”, “Happier Than Ever” by Eilish, “Donda” by West, “Love for Sale” by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo, “Taylor Swift” evermore “and” MONTERO “by Lil Nas X.

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