Nominations for the 2022 Grammy Awards were dropped on Tuesday, with musician Jon Batiste leading the pack with 11 nominations.
Although Batiste, who has been nominated for the Grammys three times before but has never won, may not have the same name recognition as other nominees Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish or Olivia Rodrigo, his work has received many awards. many praise. Her R&B and soul album “We Are”, released in March, was named Album of the Year, and her song “Freedom” is up for record of the year.
And with additional nominations in the Jazz, R&B and American Roots categories, Batiste, 35, continues to prove that his work defies narrow expectations of the genre.
“I don’t even think the genre exists,” Batiste said in a June interview with the Recording Academy. “Self-curation and the free exchange of information and content create a lack of adherence to the genre. This kind of diversity and access changes listening habits and the way people perceive music.”
Here’s what fans should know about the musician set to storm the 2022 Grammys.
Batiste won an Oscar for composing “Soul”
Even though Batiste doesn’t win a Grammy next year, he remains an award-winning major artist. In April, he won the Oscar for Best Original Music for his work on the Pixar film “Soul”.
“What is profound is that God gave us 12 notes. These are the same 12 notes that Duke Ellington had, Bach. These are the same 12 that Nina Simone (had),” Batiste said, while agreeing. the Oscar with fellow composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. “I’m just thankful to God for these 12 notes.”
Batise also made history that night, becoming the second black composer to win the original score award in the category’s 86-year history, according to Variety. Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock was the first to win the 1986 “Round Midnight” award.
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He is the conductor on ‘Stephen Colbert’
Batiste may be a new face for many Grammy fans, but viewers of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will already recognize him as the series’ conductor.
In addition to leading the group on the late-night comedy show since 2015, Batiste also occasionally jokes with host Colbert on the air. After Batiste’s recent appearance on “Sesame Street,” Colbert asked Batiste if the children’s show was “full of hell,” after the Big Bird character promoted COVID-19 vaccines on Twitter.
“The letter D is for sure not. And dare not call Big Bird a demon, Doofus,” Batiste replied. “I don’t like it. Big Bird is my boy.”
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He was appointed musical director of The Atlantic
In 2017, Batiste was appointed musical director of the publication, in what they called “a new curatorial role”. According to the publication, as Music Director, Batiste “will collaborate with publishers on a range of projects, from writing to video to live events.”
“I see myself as bringing a different energy, a different kind of inspiration to the publication, whether it’s writing about music or the intersection of history and music, or events. current and culturally-related things going on, that’s always been a really great outlet for me, ”Batiste told Forbes of the role in a 2019 interview.
He also works with the National Jazz Museum
Batiste is co-artistic director and creative director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, New York.
“I think my role is to give back to the Harlem community because of what they have given us,” Batiste told Forbes in 2019.
He sang with Elmo on ‘Sesame Street’
During his appearance on “Sesame Street,” Batiste sang a song with Elmo greeting unsung heroes of the neighborhood, such as sanitation workers, grocers, doctors and nurses.
“They are the heroes of your neighborhood,” sang Batiste with a chorus of muppets. “These are the people you meet to help anyone on our street / The heroes you meet every day.”