It’s official. The Recording Academy has awarded Jon Batiste with this yr’s Album of the Yr award for We Are.
It was a tricky class, with albums from Lil Nas X, the artist previously often called Kanye West, Woman Gaga and Tony Bennett, Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, H.E.R., Olivia Rodrigo, and Taylor Swift all receiving nods as potential year-defining data. Plus, the 2022 awards marked the primary the place 10 artists earned the popularity. However Batiste nonetheless received the trophy, even amongst a few of the largest names in in style music.
Batiste launched his eighth studio album in March of 2021, and it consists of contributions from PJ Morton, Trombone Shorty, Zadie Smith, and extra, with Tori Kelly, BJ the Chicago Child, and Huge Freedia a part of the album’s Deluxe Version.
The previous couple of years noticed Album of the Yr wins from Taylor Swift in 2021 (Folklore), Billie Eilish in 2020 (When We All Fall Asleep, The place Do We Go?), and Kacey Musgraves in 2019 (Golden Hour).
Batiste is the primary Black artist to win Album of the Yr on the Grammys since 2008, when Herbie Hancock received for his effort River: The Joni Letters. Earlier than that, in 2005, Ray Charles received for his ultimate studio album Genius Loves Firm.
For an entire record of this yr’s winners, click on right here.