Jon Batiste wins 3 Grammy Awards at the start of the ceremony
Jon Batiste has already won three Grammys, including his first ever, in what could be a big night for this year’s main nominee.
At the show’s pre-airing ceremony on Sunday, Batiste won Best American Roots Performance, American Roots Song and tied with Carlos Rafael Rivera for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Batiste won for “Soul” alongside Rivera for his songwriting efforts on “The Queen’s Gambit.”
It’s the first tie since 2019 when Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake tied with Anderson .Paak for best rap performance.
Batiste – who lost in two other categories – entered the Grammys as the main nominee with 11 nominations. The multi-talented entertainer was not present to receive his award, but a surprised Rivera was there to win his first career Grammy.
“I’m speechless,” Rivera said.
TJ Osborne, who came out as gay last year, fought back tears as he and his brother accepted a Grammy for their song ‘Younger Me’. He noted that the song was inspired by his coming out.
“I never thought I’d be able to make music professionally because of my sexuality. And I certainly never thought I’d be here on stage accepting a Grammy after doing something that I think , was going to change my life and potentially in a very negative way,” Osborne said.
“And here I am tonight, not only accepting this Grammy Award with my brother, who I love so much, but I’m here with a man I love and he loves me back. …” I don’t don’t know what I was so lucky.”
Osborne performs with his brother John as the Osborne Brothers.
Emily Bear and Abigail Barlow won Sunday’s first Grammy for Best Musical Theater for “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical.”
They happily accepted the award, noting that the project began a year ago by asking what “Bridgerton” would sound like if it were a musical.
Billie Eilish could become the first artist to win Record of the Year three times in a row, and the only artist along with Paul Simon to win the award three times. She is in a position to join Adele as the only artist to have won three major categories – record, song and album of the year – twice. She has already won for “Bad Guy” and “Everything I Wanted”.
Trevor Noah returns for the second time as Grammy host. The ceremony moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas due to rising cases of COVID-19 and the omicron variant in January, with organizers citing “too risky” to host the performance-packed show at the time. It airs live starting at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS and Paramount+.
If Eilish wins in all seven of her nominated categories, she’ll be the woman with the most Grammys won in a single year (HER, Doja Cat and Rodrigo could do the same). But that could be a tough feat with Eilish facing fierce competition for the show’s top prize – album of the year – which has been extended to 10 nominees.
Eilish is up for best musical film with her concert documentary “Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles.” But in that same category is Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s “Summer of Soul,” which recently won the Best Documentary Oscar.
Even if Eilish gets six wins, she’ll be tied with Beyoncé and Adele – which isn’t bad company.
Rodrigo has the opportunity to join Eilish and Christopher Cross as the only artists to win all four major categories (Best New Artist, Album, Record and Song of the Year). The 19-year-old “driver’s license” singer could follow Eilish’s remarkable record by becoming the second-youngest album of the year with “Sour.”
HER, who won Song of the Year last year for “I Can’t Breathe,” could follow suit. She’s nominated this year for the moving “Fight for You,” whose poignant lyrics from the “Judas and the Black Messiah” soundtrack were penned by HER, producer D’Mile and singer Tiara Thomas. It won the Oscar for Best Original Song last year.
The awards will be without several big names: Both Drake and The Weeknd have decided not to attend the Grammys at all. Ye, who changed his name from Kanye West, said he was told his number was taken off the show.
It could be a bittersweet moment for the Foo Fighters following the recent death of their drummer Taylor Hawkins. The rock band could extend their record for most top rock albums with five for “Medicine at Midnight.”
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion will battle it out to see who becomes the first woman to win best rap performance as a solo artist. Stallion, who won the award with Beyoncé last year, is nominated for her song “Thot S(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk),” while Cardi B is up for her crossover hit “Up.”
Mickey Guyton was the first black woman to be nominated for Best Country Solo Performance last year, and now she’s back in the category. If she won, she would be the first black woman to receive this award.
In rap, Jay-Z could extend his record as the most awarded rapper of all time with 23 wins. He’s up for three nominations — two in the Best Rap Song category for his writing on DMX’s “Bath Salts” and Kanye West’s “Jail.” He’s also up for album of the year for his appearance in West’s “Donda.”
A healthy dose of artists will take to the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, including Silk Sonic, HER, Chris Stapleton, Cynthia Erivo, Jack Harlow, Nas, Leslie Odom Jr. and Brothers Osborne.
Artists competing with Eilish for album of the year include Rodrigo, Jon Batiste, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, HER, Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X and Kanye West.
On the production side, Serban Ghenea could match Al Schmitt as the mixing engineer with the most Grammys won with 20. He has won a total of 18 trophies in his career and enters the awards with five nominations for his work. on “Planet Her” by Doja Cat. and Lil Nas X’s “Montero.” Ghenea could also extend his record as the mixing engineer with the most albums of the year to five.