Jon Batiste Reflects on His Five Grammy Awards on ‘Colbert’

Jon Batiste took house 5 Grammys on Sunday night — together with Album of the Yr for his LP, We Are, and Finest Music Video for “Freedom.” The musician and The Late Present bandleader sat down with host Stephen Colbert to debate his wins.

Colbert requested Batiste to recount his day, together with the afternoon of the Grammys, when eight of his nominated classes have been introduced in the course of the pre-broadcast ceremony. The singer-songwriter defined his giant entourage and manufacturing scheduled induced him to indicate up fashionably late to the occasion.

“We have been late,” Batiste recalled. “We have been late for the ceremony and the pre-broadcast. My entire household was with me. My grandfather — he’s nearly 90, he’s 89 years outdated. My dad, my mother, my nephews, my sister. My buddy Ryan, who govt produced the album with me.” He added, “It was a complete bunch of individuals within the room on a regular basis.”

The musician carried out “Freedom” in the course of the Grammys, and added that he needed to be in rehearsal whereas each the pre-broadcast ceremony and the crimson carpet have been occurring concurrently. “They didn’t actually work it out for you when you have 11 nominations,” Batiste famous. Colbert replied, “They didn’t plan for that as a result of there was nobody else for whom they needed to plan that, Jon. You have been the one one with 11 nominations.”

Batiste additionally spoke about what it felt wish to win Album of the Yr, explaining his deeply confused look when Lenny Kravitz revealed him because the winner. “Man, it’s a lot I’m nonetheless processing,” he stated. “First, I believed the truth that my household was there with me to witness that’s unimaginable. It’s unimaginable. Simply a lot went into that second: piano classes, some civil rights marches.”

He added, “It was so loud that I nearly didn’t comprehend it was me as a result of they didn’t say my identify till after the title. I used to be like, ‘Possibly that’s any individual else’s album that appears like We Are.’”

Rolling Stone spoke with Batiste forward of his Grammy wins final week, with the singer sharing that he believes awards are simply icing on the cake so long as you keep true to your self. “That’s a objective of mine, greater than successful a Grammy, greater than all of that,” he stated. “Keep true to that core — that internal little one, that spirit that you just’ve been given from beginning. Deal with that and in addition evolve however the core of that’s who you might be. Don’t let any of that pull you away from that. In any other case, 11 nominations doesn’t imply something.”

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