Jon Batiste Cleans Up at 64th Annual Grammy Awards


Jon Batiste (center) performs at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on April 3.

(Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for the Recording Academy)

Jon Batiste was the big winner at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, held April 3 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. The genre-busting multi-instrumentalist and bandleader took home multiple awards, including Album of the Year honors.

Grammy winners from the realms of jazz, blues and beyond included:

• Best Album of the Year: Jon Batiste, We Are

• Best Music Video: Jon Batiste: “Freedom”

• Best American Roots Song: Jon Batiste, “Cry”

• Best American Roots Performance: Jon Batiste, “Cry”

• Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Jon Batiste, Soul

• Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Skyline

• Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Christian McBride Big Band, For Jimmy, Wes And Oliver

• Best Jazz Vocal Album: Esperanza Spalding, Songwrights Apothecary Lab

• Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Chick Corea, “Humpty Dumpty (Set 2)”

• Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Tyler Eigsti, Tree Falls

• Best Instrumental Composition: Lyle Mays, “Eberhard”

• Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: Charlie Rosen & Jake Silverman, “Meta Knight’s Revenge”

• Best Contemporary Blues Album: Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, 662

• Best Bluegrass Album: Béla Fleck, My Bluegrass Heart

• Best Global Musical Performance: Arooj Aftab, “Mohabbat”

• Best Global Music Album: Angélique Kidjo, Mother Nature

• Best Album Notes: Ricky Riccardi, The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia and RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946–1966

For a complete list of this year’s winners, visit the Recording Academy’s Grammy website. DB

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