John Baptiste may come as the biggest surprise for a Grammy: the multi-genre performer and recent Oscar winner made such an impression on voters that he scored the most nominations on Tuesday with 11.
Baptiste won the Album of the Year Award for “We Are” and the Record of the Year Award for “Freedom,” a pleasant ode to the city of New Orleans. His nominations span multiple genres, including R&B, jazz, music of American roots, classical and music video.
“Oh my god. I’m still in a state of surprise and shock,” Baptiste told The Associated Press moments after hearing about the nominations. confession”.
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Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and HER left with the second most nominations with eight by the time the Recording Academy finished announcing their nominees for their show on January 31st. Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo nod seven each.
Along with Batista’s unexpected dominance, it was another shock that The Weeknd received three nominations after the pop star announced that he would not allow his label to present his music. Earlier this year, he angrily criticized the Grammys, calling them “corrupt” after it received zero nominations, despite 2020’s biggest single, “Blinding Lights.”
Although The Weeknd said he would boycott the upcoming Grammy, he was nominated for his work on Album of the Year projects, including Doja Cat’s deluxe edition “Planet Her” and Kanye West’s “Donda”. His third nomination was for his appearance on West’s single “Hurricane”, which also featured Lil Baby.
“What I love is that no one thinks about what happened before, what was the controversy, what the noise was or where this artist made the music last year,” said Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Academy. sound recordings. He said voters were focusing on “music excellence,” considering candidates such as Baptiste and Casey Musgraves, whose work also fell into different categories.
“Voters really appreciate the music and don’t get trapped in the reputation of any other outside noise or the history of the artists,” he continued.
“With that in mind, I think they vote for what they recognize as perfect.”
Mason said that he was pleased with the new voting system based on mutual voting after reviewing the list of nominees. He established the 10-3 initiative, which allows more than 11,000 academy members to vote for up to 10 categories across three genres. All voters can vote for the top four awards.
The new system replaced the Anonymous Nominations Committee, a group that determined applicants for key awards. Some have argued that committee members endorsed relationship-based projects and promoted projects they approved and worked on.
Harvey knows that the new voting system may not be perfect at first, but he believes the initiative will bring fair results in the long run.
“I know we didn’t do everything perfect,” Harvey said. “I know there will be some people who will feel left out or that we missed out on a nomination here or there. I’m sad because I don’t want anyone to have this feeling. But I feel that we are heading in the right direction. I am pleased with the way our voters have done their job. “
Baptiste described the changes to his nominations: “I really just want to support the Grammy. This year, they tried to make the process more inclusive and focus on music first and foremost. Other creators listened to the music and decided to give me these nominations, and I am very grateful for that. “
For the first time, the academy increased the number of nominees in the general categories from eight to 10. The changes affected such categories as record, album, song of the year and best new artist.
Harvey said the academy has increased the number of seats in the general field categories after seeing an increase in the number of votes cast over the past year, as well as the acceptance of new membership invitations and a large number of more than 21,730 applications submitted for consideration by the Grammy Awards.
“We thought the time had come,” he said. “We saw an opportunity to do what the academy does – to highlight the music, to highlight the industry, and to emphasize excellence more broadly. With the change in the voting structure, we do not have a nominations committee. It gives our voters a chance to be heard, but it also gives them the chance to get a bigger fund when the time comes for that one winner who takes home a Grammy. “
Other nominees of the year include Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) by Bieber, Happier Than Ever by Eilish, Donda by West, Love for Sale by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Sour by Olivia Rodrigo, Sour by Taylor Swift. evermore “and” MONTERO “Lil Nas X.
Baptiste, leader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, won the Best Soundtrack in the Visual Media category for his work on Pixar’s Soul, which earned him an Oscar for Best Performance earlier this year. On Tuesday, he had three Grammy nominations, but no wins yet.
Baptiste will fight for the record of the year against a variety of candidates including Bennett and Gaga’s I Get A Hit From You, ABBA’s I Still Believe in You, Bieber’s Peaches featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon, Brandy Carlisle. Right On Time “, Doja Cat” Kiss Me More “with SZA, Lil Nas X’s
MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name), Driver’s License by Rodrigo, Happier Than Ever Eilis and Leave the Door Open by Silk Sonic, the super duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak.
Jay-Z, who was nominated for three Grammy awards on Tuesday, now has the most nominations ever – 83. The 23rd Grammy-winning rapper beat Quincy Jones, who was nominated 80 times.
AP Entertainment writer Andrew Dalton contributed to this report.