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After gloomy Oscars, Grammys and Batiste shine

by David Bauder Associated Press from United States

147671Jon Batiste is seen in the audience before going on stage to accept the award for best music video for "Freedom" at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on April 3, 2022, in Las Vegas. Mr. Batiste racked up five awards by the end of the night.Chris Pizzello/AP

Jon Batiste had the most Grammy Award nominations and his five wins outpaced everyone, yet he somehow seemed the biggest surprise on a joyous night for music that washed away some of the bad taste left by the Oscars a week earlier.

Mr. Batiste’s “We Are” won the prestigious album of the year award Sunday over music heavyweights like Tony Bennett, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, and Ye, who changed his name from Kanye West. Mr. Batiste ended his dance-filled performance of “Freedom” during the show by jumping on Ms. Eilish’s table.

Silk Sonic won four Grammys, including song and record of the year for the duo’s smooth soul hit, “Leave the Door Open.” Olivia Rodrigo’s three awards included best new artist. Foo Fighters, Chris Stapleton, and CeCe Winans also won three each.

Yet Mr. Batiste captured the mood of a night where, despite some somber moments, the live performance skills of music’s best artists were on full display after COVID-19 had put much of the concert industry on pause.

“I was having such a good time,” Mr. Batiste said backstage after the show, describing the moment when Lenny Kravitz announced his best album victory. “I was hanging with my family, when my name came and the ‘We Are’ title was said by Lenny – such a full circle moment because we played together when I was 16. It was surreal.”

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