The Fort Worth Press - Jon Batiste crowned Grammys king with five wins including best album

USD -
AED 3.672997
AFN 72.498872
ALL 95.650422
AMD 406.14512
ANG 1.801734
AOA 831.000162
ARS 841.142225
AUD 1.527592
AWG 1.8
AZN 1.698055
BAM 1.80083
BBD 2.018498
BDT 109.7182
BGN 1.803396
BHD 0.376922
BIF 2866
BMD 1
BND 1.342989
BOB 6.923158
BRL 4.933899
BSD 0.999673
BTN 82.815209
BWP 13.751226
BYN 3.271567
BYR 19600
BZD 2.015008
CAD 1.35325
CDF 2769.999893
CHF 0.879245
CLF 0.03557
CLP 981.479938
CNY 7.198403
COP 3931.71
CRC 514.333857
CUC 1
CUP 26.5
CVE 102.000046
CZK 23.356602
DJF 177.720166
DKK 6.875081
DOP 58.72499
DZD 134.637031
EGP 30.901602
ERN 15
ETB 56.715011
EUR 0.922335
FJD 2.263504
FKP 0.788585
GBP 0.78865
GEL 2.659758
GGP 0.788585
GHS 12.575005
GIP 0.788585
GMD 67.896955
GNF 8597.498491
GTQ 7.80248
GYD 209.158752
HKD 7.824445
HNL 24.769971
HRK 7.030095
HTG 132.709669
HUF 360.710192
IDR 15658.1
ILS 3.60829
IMP 0.788585
INR 82.94605
IQD 1310
IRR 42042.510825
ISK 137.710032
JEP 0.788585
JMD 155.842003
JOD 0.709005
JPY 150.5225
KES 145.999742
KGS 89.429694
KHR 4080.000017
KMF 453.949659
KPW 899.994433
KRW 1331.914972
KWD 0.30769
KYD 0.833084
KZT 449.967775
LAK 20870.000044
LBP 89700.000012
LKR 310.468649
LRD 190.796279
LSL 19.080261
LTL 2.95274
LVL 0.60489
LYD 4.840319
MAD 10.063989
MDL 17.794515
MGA 4545.000265
MKD 56.8142
MMK 2099.346285
MNT 3402.777104
MOP 8.057345
MRU 39.930263
MUR 45.706908
MVR 15.393911
MWK 1682.999644
MXN 17.069799
MYR 4.759031
MZN 63.49719
NAD 19.080446
NGN 1579.079484
NIO 36.770172
NOK 10.53495
NPR 132.50404
NZD 1.620495
OMR 0.38493
PAB 0.999632
PEN 3.800998
PGK 3.72475
PHP 56.089047
PKR 279.485341
PLN 3.97185
PYG 7278.335328
QAR 3.640503
RON 4.581297
RSD 108.093981
RUB 92.050294
RWF 1291.5
SAR 3.750321
SBD 8.475185
SCR 13.497187
SDG 600.999699
SEK 10.30927
SGD 1.344196
SHP 1.26825
SLE 22.506526
SLL 19750.000036
SOS 571.500471
SRD 35.30297
STD 20697.981008
SVC 8.746852
SYP 13001.799027
SZL 19.079623
THB 35.89102
TJS 10.95645
TMT 3.51
TND 3.11975
TOP 2.36255
TRY 31.149299
TTD 6.785966
TWD 31.591002
TZS 2549.999741
UAH 38.270141
UGX 3930.740156
UYU 39.066204
UZS 12529.999923
VEF 3602106.910905
VES 36.02554
VND 24635
VUV 119.966238
WST 2.723064
XAF 603.964699
XAG 0.044567
XAU 0.000493
XCD 2.70255
XDR 0.753256
XOF 603.498241
XPF 115.504591
YER 250.350419
ZAR 19.093302
ZMK 9001.201177
ZMW 23.192903
ZWL 321.999592
  • RBGPF

    0.0000

    74.44

    0%

  • SLAC

    0.0050

    10.305

    +0.05%

  • NGG

    0.7200

    66.38

    +1.08%

  • SCS

    0.2800

    13.05

    +2.15%

  • CMSC

    -0.0280

    24.782

    -0.11%

  • BCC

    2.3700

    132.98

    +1.78%

  • CMSD

    -0.0300

    24.67

    -0.12%

  • RIO

    0.3300

    64.98

    +0.51%

  • GSK

    0.0400

    42.38

    +0.09%

  • RYCEF

    -0.0250

    4.545

    -0.55%

  • RELX

    -0.6000

    44.04

    -1.36%

  • AZN

    0.4000

    66.33

    +0.6%

  • JRI

    -0.0250

    11.41

    -0.22%

  • BCE

    0.0400

    37.3

    +0.11%

  • BTI

    -0.1000

    30.12

    -0.33%

  • BP

    0.1000

    35.42

    +0.28%

  • VOD

    0.3100

    8.78

    +3.53%

Jon Batiste crowned Grammys king with five wins including best album
Jon Batiste crowned Grammys king with five wins including best album

Jon Batiste crowned Grammys king with five wins including best album

Industry watchers had tipped pop superstars as the likely big winners at Sunday's Grammys -- but jazzman Jon Batiste instead was crowned king, taking home five awards including the prestigious Album of the Year prize.

Text size:

At the star-studded gala, held for the first time in Las Vegas, Silk Sonic -- the 70s revival project of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak -- won all four of their potential prizes, including both Record and Song of The Year for their single "Leave The Door Open."

Olivia Rodrigo didn't win as many awards as predicted -- but the Filipino-American pop phenom did scoop the coveted prize for Best New Artist, and two trophies in the pop category.

That meant the winners of all four top Grammys were people of color -- a milestone for the Recording Academy, which for years has faced criticism that it disproportionately honored white men.

The night was heavy on performances but also held a number of somber moments -- most notably when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a pre-taped plea for support.

Zelensky's message led into a performance by John Legend of the song "Free," with the help of Ukrainian singer Mika Newton, musician Siuzanna Iglidan and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk.

"On our land, we are fighting Russia, which brings horrible silence with its bombs. The dead silence," Zelensky said.

"Fill the silence with your music, fill it today to tell our story."

- Bieber, Eilish, Lil Nas X shut out -

Despite being among the night's most nominated artists, pop juggernauts Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber and Lil Nas X were shut out completely.

But they all staged impressive performances: Eilish belted out "Happier Than Ever" in a lightning-backed downpour, Bieber delivered a crooned-up version of "Peaches," and Lil Nas X hosted an unabashed celebration of sexuality and queerness set to a medley of his songs including "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)."

Rodrigo also gave an impressive rendition of her viral teen breakup hit "drivers license," showcasing her impressive vocals against a set mimicking a gloomy night in suburbia.

"This is my biggest dream come true," the 19-year-old said as she accepted the gramophone for Best New Artist.

Big winner Batiste also performed, showcasing his elasticity as an artist by starting at the piano for a classical piece before transitioning to a rhythmic dance number.

The night's leading nominee with 11 nods, Batiste had already scooped four ahead of his big sleeper win for the year's best album.

But he looked shocked when presenter Lenny Kravitz declared him the night's big hit.

"I really don't do it for the awards," the 35-year-old Batiste told journalists backstage. "Music is something that's so subjective."

Earlier onstage, the artist born into a prominent New Orleans musical dynasty told a cheering audience: "I believe this to my core: there is no best musician, best artist, best dancer, best actor."

"I just put my head down and work on the craft every day," he continued. "It's more than entertainment for me -- it's a spiritual practice."

- Diverse field -

The timing of the Grammys just one week after Will Smith stunned the world by slapping Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars added an extra layer of unpredictability to what is already usually one of the edgier nights on the showbiz awards circuit.

That fiasco prompted some gentle zings over the course of the night Sunday, but antics were virtually non-existent at what ultimately proved to be a heavily scripted show.

Music's chaos agent Kanye West stayed home even as he won two Grammys, one of which he shared with Jay Z.

Among the diverse crop of winners was Doja Cat, who took home her first ever Grammy in the pop category -- which she had to sprint back to accept after dipping out of the gala for a bathroom break.

The Brooklyn-based Pakistani vocalist Arooj Aftab, who won her first Grammy for Best Global Music Performance for "Mohabbat," and had also been in the running for Best New Artist, told journalists the win left her "beyond thrilled."

And it was a special night for folk icon Joni Mitchell, who won the prize for Best Historical Album days after being honored at a moving tribute gala Friday.

She made a rare public appearance onstage, looking fly in a red leather beret, sunglasses and floral pants, her long blonde hair in pigtails.

P.McDonald--TFWP