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Jon Batiste wins album of the year at Grammys

The night time additionally noticed the ’70s funk of Silk Sonic take file of the year and tune of the year, and newcomer Olivia Rodrigo took residence three awards.

LAS VEGAS — Jon Batiste gained album of the year honors for “We Are” at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, giving him 5 trophies on an evening that noticed the ’70s funk of Silk Sonic take file of the year and tune of the year and newcomer Olivia Rodrigo take three awards.

Batiste honored the artists he beat. “The creative arts are subjective,” he mentioned. “Be you.”

The multi-genre performer additionally gained for his tune “Cry,” the video for “Freedom” and his work with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross on the soundtrack for “Soul.”

“I just put my head down and I work on the craft every day. I love music,” he mentioned.

The R&B supergroup Silk Sonic took residence 4 awards, together with file of the year. Olivia Rodrigo collected three trophies, together with the coveted greatest new artist honor.

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak had been exuberant as they accepted the honor towards the finish of the ceremony. The win places Mars in historic company once more: He turns into the solely artist together with Paul Simon to take residence the award 3 times.

“We are really trying our hardest to remain humble at this point,” .Paak mentioned. “But in the industry, they call that a clean sweep!” later including “drinks is on Silk Sonic tonight!”

The win got here after the night time’s festivities grew grim when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the gathering with an replace on the conflict and his numbers included youngsters injured and killed. “Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos,” he mentioned. “We are fighting Russia, which brings horrible silence with its bombs. The dead silence. Fill the silence with your music.”

He ended by saying: “Tell the reality about the conflict in your social networks, on TV. Support us in any method you possibly can any, however not silence. And then peace will come to all our cities.”

John Legend then carried out “Free” with Ukrainian exiles together with singer-actress Mika Newton and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk.

Rodrigo’s win for greatest new artist placing her in esteemed company together with Carly Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tom Jones, the Beatles and Billie Eilish.

A veteran of the “High School Musical” collection, Rodrigo grew to become the breakout music star of 2021, main together with her huge viral hit “Drivers License” and following with the single “Good 4 U” and the aching album “Sour,” which took greatest pop vocal album.

“This is my biggest dream come true,” she mentioned after her greatest new artist win. She thanked her mother and father for supporting her desires, which at one level concerned being an Olympic gymnast and shortly veered towards music.

“I want to thank my mom for being so supportive for all of my dreams, no matter how crazy. I want to thank my mom and dad for being equally as proud of me for winning a Grammy as they were when I learned how to do a back walk.”

Silk Sonic — the all-star union of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak — opened the Grammys in Las Vegas with their high-energy, infectious repair of retro soul and funk by performing their “777.” They returned to the stage a short while later to gather the tune of the year trophy for “Leave the Door Open.”

The win helps Mars tie the file for many tune of the year wins. He had beforehand gained for “24K Magic.”

Both Mars and .Paak jumped out their seat, threw up their arms and dance to their tune.

“I couldn’t be more proud to be doing this with than anyone other than you,” Mars mentioned to .Paak. “We’ll be singing this song together for the rest of our lives.”

Host Trevor Noah launched the duo’s opening efficiency by saying they had been singlehandedly bringing again the Seventies, “which might explain the inflation.”

Both Mars and .Paak jumped out their seat, threw up their arms and dance to their tune.

“I couldn’t be more proud to be doing this with than anyone other than you,” Mars mentioned to .Paak. “We’ll be singing this song together for the rest of our lives.”

Host Trevor Noah launched the duo’s opening efficiency by saying they had been singlehandedly bringing again the Seventies, “which might explain the inflation.”

By the time the present began on CBS, Jon Batiste has already taken residence 4 Grammy Awards, together with his first ever. Batiste gained for greatest American roots efficiency, greatest American roots tune, greatest music video and tied with Carlos Rafael Rivera for greatest rating soundtrack for visible media. His tune “Freedom” in the music video class beat out a number of different robust rivals, together with Rodrigo, Lil Nas X and Eilish. All the honors had been handed out throughout a pre-telecast ceremony.

“I am so grateful for the gifts that God has given me and the ability to share that for the love of humankind,” Batiste mentioned. “We simply wished everybody to see it. Any despair, any bondage or any darkness that was over your life is totally eliminated by simply the love and the pleasure of the video.”

It’s the first tie since 2019 when Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake tied with Anderson .Paak to win greatest rap efficiency.

Batiste entered the Grammys as the main nominee with 11 nominations. The losses halted the multi-talented performer from making historical past for many wins in a single night time.

It was a household affair from cousins Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar, who gained greatest rap efficiency for his or her tune “Family Ties.” Lamar gained his 14th Grammy and the first for Keem, who mentioned “nothing could have prepared me for this moment” after stepping out onstage to say his trophy.

Chris Stapleton gained his third Grammy for greatest nation solo efficiency for “You Should Probably Leave.” He prolonged his file for the most wins.

Dressed in all black, BTS took the stage with a flirty second between V and Rodrigo earlier than the group carried out their hit single “Butter.” The made an look after one of the members examined optimistic for COVID-19. All seven of the members – Jin, Jimin, V, RM, J-Hope, Suga and Jungkook – acted as in the event that they had been secret brokers with neon-blue lasers, dancing with easy choreography earlier than going into a short rap portion of the tune.

Foo Fighters gained three awards Sunday, however weren’t in attendance to select up their trophies following the latest demise of its drummer Taylor Hawkins. An prolonged tribute to Hawkins performed earlier than the present’s In Memorium phase honoring artists and music business figures who’ve died.

Eilish paid homage to Hawkins throughout her efficiency by sporting a black T-shirt along with his picture. She stepped onstage in an upside-down home alongside together with her brother Finneas earlier than moving into the rain to carry out the title observe from her “Happier Than Ever.”

TJ Osborne, who came out as gay last year, fought again tears as he and his brother accepted a Grammy for the Brothers Osborn tune “Younger Me.” He famous the tune was impressed by his popping out.

“I never thought that I would be able to do music professionally because of my sexuality. And I certainly never thought I would be here on the stage accepting a Grammy after having done something I felt like was going to be life changing and potentially in a very negative way,” Osborne mentioned.

“And here I am tonight, not only accepting this Grammy Award with my brother, which I love so much, but I’m here with a man that I love and he loves me back. … I don’t know what I did be so lucky.”

Eilish might change into the first artist ever to win file of the year 3 times in a row, and the solely artist together with Paul Simon to take residence the award 3 times. She’s in position to hitch Adele as the solely artists to ever win three main classes — file, tune and album of the year — twice. She beforehand gained for “Bad Guy” and “Everything I Wanted.”

The ceremony shifted from Los Angeles to Las Vegas as a result of of rising COVID-19 circumstances and the omicron variant in January, with organizers citing “too many risks” to internet hosting the performance-filled present at the time.

Artists competing with Eilish for album of the year embody Rodrigo, Batiste, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, H.E.R., Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X and Kanye West.

Bennett prolonged his file as the artist with the most conventional pop vocal album with 14 wins with “Love for Sale,” a duet album with Lady Gaga.

AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy contributed to this story.

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