The Late Present with Stephen Colbert musical director turned up the occasion with an exhilarating and colourful rendition of “FREEDOM” from his 2021 studio set We Are, starting the quantity seated on the piano cloaked in a dramatic black cape. Because the music gained momentum, he disrobed to disclose a glowing turquoise swimsuit, joyfully singing, “Once I transfer my physique similar to this/ I don’t know why/ However I really feel like freedom/ I hear a music that takes me again/ And I let go together with a lot freedom/ Free to reside how I wanna reside/ I’m gon’ get what I’m gonna get/ ‘Trigger it’s my freedom” as he danced round stage.
Finally, the onstage dance occasion spilled out into the viewers with Batiste leaping onto Billie Eilish’s desk and punctuating the ultimate notes of the music by actually dropping the mic — a lot to the pop sensation’s delight.
The New Orleans-raised jazz pianist and musical director was the evening’s most celebrated musician with 11 nominations together with Album of the Yr and Greatest R&B Album for WE ARE, File of the Yr (for “Freedom”), and Greatest Conventional R&B Efficiency (for “I Want You”). Batiste can also be wanting so as to add a Grammy accolade to his Oscar-winning composition for Pixar’s Soul, shared with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, within the Greatest Rating Soundtrack class.
Forward of the telecast, the multi-hyphenate had already taken residence 4 golden gramophones for Greatest American Roots Efficiency and Greatest American Roots Track (each for “Cry”) in addition to Greatest Music Video (for “Freedom”) and Greatest Rating Soundtrack for Visible Media (for Soul, in a uncommon tie with Carlos Rafael Rivera’s The Queen’s Gambit).
This was not Batiste’s first time on-stage on the Grammy’s; he jammed alongside Gary Clark Jr. and Keep Human drummer Joe Saylor for a Fat Domino and Chuck Berry tribute in 2018. See the efficiency and study extra in regards to the 2022 Grammy’s main artist right here.
Past his nightly appearances on The Late Present, Batiste will host a particular artist showcase at New York’s Carnegie Corridor on Saturday, Might seventh. You may e book your spot through Ticketmaster.
The 2022 Grammys additionally featured performances from Silk Sonic, Billie Eilish, BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, Brandi Carlile, and Lil Nas X, amongst others. Try the total record of winners right here, and discover our full protection right here.
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