Jon Batiste and Justin Bieber top Grammy nominations

Youth and Diversity: Black American jazzman Jon Batiste, Canadian megastar Justin Bieber, singers Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo dominate nominations for the Grammy Awards, the American music industry awards given at the end of January.

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With 11 nominations, Jon Batiste, 35-year-old African-American artist, jazz pianist and R&B musician, also known on television, is well ahead of Justin Bieber, a 27-year-old Canadian singer who won eight nominations.

26-year-old American rapper Doja Cat and 27-year-old R&B singer HER (real name Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson) also have eight. Billie Eilish, the new face of American song at 19, takes seven nominations, tied with Olivia Rodrigo, American singer and actress of 18 years.

Billie Eilish.

The winners will be announced on January 31, 2022 in Los Angeles during the 64th Grammy Awards broadcast on CBS, one of the five major national television networks in the United States, and on the internet.

“Diversified landscape”

“These nominations reflect the beauty of today’s diverse and diverse musical landscape,” said Harvey Mason, president of the academy of the American music industry which awards these awards, in a statement.

To respond to recurring criticism of the lack of diversity in nominations, the professionals added two prestigious categories to the eight of the previous years.

Especially since Jon Batiste is not just a jazzman.

Music director since 2015 of the very popular TV show The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, originally from Louisiana and living in New York, he campaigns for more social and racial justice, in particular in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

He will compete with his peers at the Grammys with his album “We Are” and his single “Freedom”.

Jon Batiste, author of the soundtrack of the animated film Soul of Pixar Walt Disney, will face him the very big budget machines that are Justin Bieber and Olivia Rodrigo, in particular in the categories queens of the album and the recording of the year.

Olivia Rodrigo.

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Olivia Rodrigo.

But it won’t just be young people at the Grammy Awards.

95-year-old crooner Tony Bennett to accompany American singer and actress Lady Gaga, 35, to Los Angeles in late January with six nominations for their album Love For Sale.

Record also for the American rapper Jay-Z, 51, who does not like the academy of the Grammy Awards but who now has no less than 83 nominations, surpassing the legendary producer Quincy Jones (80).

Finally the 44-year-old rapper Kanye West – who has just taken the name “Ye” – also collects several nominations, in particular in the category of best album. He will face established song star Taylor Swift, 31, with just one nomination for the Jan. 31 ceremony.