64th Annual Grammy Awards | Jon Batiste wins album of the year with We Are

(Las Vegas) Jon Batiste, a 35-year-old African-American pianist, won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year on Sunday night for We’rea triumph for this rising star whose notoriety is still modest.

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Maggy DONALDSON with Laurent BANGUET in Los Angeles
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The virtuous and all-terrain artist had already caused a surprise last November by occupying first place in the number of nominations for the Grammy Awards (eleven in total), well ahead of world stars such as Justin Bieber (eight nominations), Lady Gaga or Taylor Swift. Harbing his success, Jon Batiste had received an Oscar for the soundtrack of the animated film Soulwhich he composed for Pixar Studios.

The ceremony, which was moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas due to the pandemic, opened earlier in the evening with a spirited performance by the group Silk Sonic.

Fine mustache for Bruno Mars, disconcerting bowl wig reminiscent of Mireille Mathieu for Anderson. Paak, the two men at the heart of this retro project returned to the stage a little later to receive the coveted “song of the year” award. The Grammy awarded to the title Let the door open was the third of the day after two wins in the R&B category.


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Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars from Silk Sonic

They blocked Olivia Rodrigo from posting, depriving her of her chance to repeat the feat of Grammy Awards darling Billie Eilish who had won the awards in 2020 in all four major categories.

Olivia Rodrigo, 19, however, triumphed in the ‘revelation of the year’, where she was an ultra-favourite. And she was crowned at a ceremony preceding the gala night as “Best Pop Solo Performance” for her title. driver’s licensewinning against Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande and Brandi Carlile.


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Olivia Rodrigo singing driver’s license at the grammy awards ceremony

The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, intervened in the ceremony through a recorded speech to ask for the support of his country. “War. What is the exact opposite of music? The silence of the ruined cities and the dead”, he launched dressed in his usual khaki shirt, before the performance of John Legend, accompanied on stage by the Ukrainian artists Mika Newton and Lyuba Yakimchukt.


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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Social media favorite Canadian megastar Justin Bieber is nominated in eight categories, as is Grammy favorite HE R. and rising star Doja Cat, in this ceremony hosted by comedian Trevor Noah.


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American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish arrives at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, 2022. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP)

“Best Rap Song” for Kanye

With six nominations, the unlikely duo of pop diva Lady Gaga and crooner Tony Bennett, 95, absent from the evening due to Alzheimer’s, could surprise with the cover album love for sale.

The wayward Kanye West is also in the running with his album where. Two titles from his album have already been awarded on Sunday afternoon in the rap category, Hurricane and CellGrammy for “best rap song”.

In the category of main album of the year, Kanye West will face Increasingly from pop star Taylor Swift, who has bad memories of a previous encounter: “Ye” had rudely snatched the microphone out of her hands in 2009 when she took the stage to accept an award at the MTV Music Awards.

Among the rappers, we note the absence of Drake, very influential and among the most listened to. He was selected, he asked the Academy to withdraw his two nominations, without giving a reason. his successful album certified lover boy he had been superbly ignored in the general categories during the nominations and the artist has often accused the Grammy Academy of locking him in the rapper category because he is black.

On the rock side, the Foo Fighters have won all three awards for which they competed, a week after the sudden death of their drummer Taylor Hawkins in Colombia, shortly before a concert.

Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl’s group received Grammy Awards for best rock album, best rock song and best rock performance.

The bombshells Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, who lit up the Grammy stage last year by rubbing their legs apart on a giant bed for a duet on TV. WAPThey will be opponents this time in the “best rap performance” category.

BTS, sacred monster of K-pop, will defend its global success Butter but it is their only nomination for the Grammy Awards, where the South Korean group is struggling to consolidate.


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South Korean band BTS

And Kanye West? As he was named, he was invited into the room, but he is no longer welcome on stage. It involves social media attacks on comedian Pete Davidson, in a relationship with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, and Trevor Noah, which earned “Ye” a brief suspension from Instagram.

Trevor Noah spoke out against the decision to exclude him from the evening.

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