Jon Batiste may be 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” alongside with report of the yr 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.

Jon Batiste arrives dapper to the award show. (Photo by Chris Pizzelo-Pool/Getty Images)

Jon Batiste arrives dapper to the award present. (Photo by Chris Pizzelo-Pool/Getty Images)

“Oh my goodness. I’m still in a state of astonishment and shock,” Batiste instructed The Associated Press moments after studying of the nominations. “I’m just really happy that we were able to make something in complete artistic integrity and have it be recognized.”

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 saying its nominees for its Jan. 31 present. Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo each had seven nods.

Along with Batiste’s shock domination, one other shock was The Weeknd nabbing three nominations after the pop star claimed he wouldn’t enable 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.”

Even 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 Baby.

“What I like is the fact that no one is thinking about what happened before, what was the controversy, what was the noise, or where was this artist making music last year,” stated Harvey Mason jr., the Recording Academy’s CEO. He stated voters targeted 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 truly evaluating music and not getting caught up in the reputations of any other outside noise or any history of artists,” he continued. “With that in mind, I think they’re voting for things that they are acknowledging as excellence.”


Mason stated he was happy with the brand new peer-driven voting system after seeing the checklist 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 new system changed the nameless nominations assessment committee — a gaggle that decided the contenders for key awards. Some claimed committee members favored initiatives based mostly on private relationships and promoted initiatives they favored and labored on.

Harvey is aware of the brand new voting system won’t be excellent at first, however he believes the initiative will produce truthful ends in the long term.

“I know we didn’t get every single one perfect,” Harvey stated. “I know there will be some people that feel left out or that we missed a nomination here or there. That makes me sad because I don’t want anybody to have that feeling. But I do feel like we’re heading in the right direction. I’m pleased with the way our voters did the work.”

Batiste credited the modifications to his nominations: “I really just want to give props to the Grammys. They tried this year to make the process more inclusive and be about the music first. Other creators listened to the music and decided to give 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 resembling report, album, tune 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 alongside 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 right,” he stated. “We saw an opportunity to do what the academy does — which is to highlight music, highlight the industry and highlight excellence in a bigger way. With the change in our voting structure, we don’t have the nomination review committee. This gives our voters an opportunity to have their voice heard, but also gives them a chance to have a bigger pool to draw from when it comes time to that one winner that takes home the Grammy.”

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

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Batiste, the bandleader of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” picked up a bid in the very best 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 report of the yr towards a bevy of candidates together with Bennett & Gaga’s “I Get a Kick Out of You,” ABBA’s “I Still Have Faith in You,” Bieber’s “Peaches” that includes Daniel Caesar and Giveon, Brandi Carlile’s “Right on Time,” Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” with SZA, Lil Nas X’s “MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name),” Rodrigo’s “drivers license,” Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” and “Leave 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.