Jon Batiste to sing for Macron at Biden's 1st state dinner
Musician Jon Batiste is on tap to perform at President Joe Biden's first White House state dinner on Thursday, highlighting long-standing ties between the United States and France and honoring President Emmanuel Macron. “An artist who transcends generations, Jon Batiste's music inspires and brings people together,” said Vanessa Valdivia, a spokesperson for first lady Jill Biden, whose office is overseeing dinner preparations. “We're thrilled to have him perform at the White House for the first state dinner of the Biden-Harris administration," Valdivia said.news.yahoo.com
The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Moments of the 2022 Grammy Awards
The 64th Annual Grammy Awards aired Sunday night from Las Vegas, taking place in the shadow of a wildly controversial Oscars ceremony from just one week prior. It’s been a tough few years for the Recording Academy, which has dealt with internal strife, accusations of backdoor dealing, and the defection of some of music’s biggest stars: Drake and The Weeknd have publicly renounced the Grammy’s legitimacy, while Kanye West was banned from this ceremony due to “concerning online behavior.” Jon Batiste was the night’s big winner, taking home Album of the Year.news.yahoo.com
Jon Batiste on the healing power of music and love
The same day the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" bandleader received 11 Grammy nominations, the love of his life began chemo for her second battle with cancer. Jon Batiste and author Suleika Jaouad talk about how they met adversity with an act of defiance.cbsnews.com
Jon Batiste tops Grammys; Silk Sonic soars, Rodrigo crowned
Jon Batiste won album of the year honors for “We Are” at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, giving him five trophies on a night that saw the ’70s funk of Silk Sonic take record of the year and song of the year and newcomer Olivia Rodrigo take three awards.
Jon Batiste earns 11 Grammy nominations
Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero with a look at the 2022 Grammy Awards nominees, including Jon Batiste. He is nominated for 11 awards, including an album of the year nod for "We Are" and for record of the year with "Freedom," a feel-good ode to the city of New Orleans. His nominations span several genres including R&B, jazz, American roots music, classical and music video. The 64th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on January 31, 2022, and will air on CBS and Paramount+, which are divisions of ViacomCBS.news.yahoo.com
Jon Batiste on his first Oscar nomination for Pixar's "Soul"
Jon Batiste on his first Oscar nomination for Pixar's "Soul" "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" bandleader Jon Batiste joins "CBS This Morning" to react to his Oscar nomination for Best Original Score for the movie "Soul," for the 93rd annual Academy Awards.cbsnews.com
After top Grammy win, singer H.E.R. is heading to the Oscars
(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)NEW YORK – A night after winning the top Grammy Award for songwriting, R&B singer H.E.R. Leslie Odom Jr. will also compete for best original song with “Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami...," which he wrote with Sam Ashworth. AdSongs by John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Janelle Monae and Robert Glasper were shortlisted for best original song but didn't make the final cut. The duo of Reznor and Ross have won a number of awards for their scoring work, including an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe. Terence Blanchard (“Da 5 Bloods"), Emile Mosseri (“Minari") and James Newton Howard (“News of the World") round out the best original score nominees.
Louisiana high school boasts 4 best-album Grammy nominees
A New Orleans high school is celebrating Grammy nominations for four of its graduates. St. Augustine High School alumni PJ Morton, Timothy Thedford, Jonathan Batiste and Luke James are each up for best album in different categories at the awards show Sunday, March 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans high school is celebrating Grammy nominations for four of its graduates. St. Augustine High School alumni PJ Morton, Timothy Thedford, Jonathan Batiste and Luke James are each up for best album in different categories at the awards show Sunday, The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate reports. The school congratulated the four nominees on a billboard along the Pontchartrain Expressway in New Orleans.
Odom Jr., H.E.R., Andra Day score Golden Globe music nods
This combination photo shows Leslie Odom Jr. posing for a portrait on Nov. 8, 2019 in New York, from left, H.E.R. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, Leslie Odom Jr., H.E.R. and Andra Day were announced along with Celeste and Diane Warren as the Golden Globe nominees for best original song. Day and Odom Jr. follow the footsteps of Mary J. Blige, Lady Gaga and Cynthia Erivo, who all recently scored acting and music nods in a single year. However, the tracks can compete for best original song at the Oscars.
Watch inaugural poet Amanda Gorman perform 5 of her poems
President Biden's inauguration was far from the first time 22-year-old Amanda Gorman gave a moving performance. Gorman, who became the youngest known inaugural poet when she read "The Hill We Climb" on Wednesday, has previously performed five original poems commissioned by "CBS This Morning." The first was a Thanksgiving poem called "The Republic Gives Thanks," which she performed at Harvard University in 2018 when she was a student there. She collaborated with the Boston Pops for the Independence Day work "Believer's Hymn for the Republic" and with musician Jon Batiste for a special Empire State Building performance of "The Republic Rising." "The Miracle of Morning" (April 2020)Read the poem"Fury and Faith" (June 2020)"The Republic Rising" (November 2019)Read the poem"Believer's Hymn for the Republic" (July 2019)Read the poem"The Republic Gives Thanks" (November 2018)Read the poemcbsnews.com
Kevin Bacon brings music back to venues for charity concert
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Musician and actor Kevin Bacon is bringing live music back to venues that have been shuttered this year with an all-star concert TV special. The charity concert airing on CBS on Dec. 15 will raise money for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and WhyHunger. All these independently owned venues were closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The joy that you see among the people that are playing, I think, is very infectious in our show,” said Bacon. Although he also hasn't been able to perform in front of fans this year, Bacon has been singing and playing to a smaller audience of sorts.
New York City curfew lifts early following peaceful protests
(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)NEW YORK New York City is lifting its curfew spurred by protests against police brutality ahead of schedule, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday morning. At protests in Manhattan earlier Saturday, volunteers handed out snacks, first aid kits and plenty of water bottles on a muggy afternoon. But Mayor Bill de Blasio has insisted the curfew will remain in place throughout the weekend. She added she thinks protests could continue next week, even as some will go back to work when New York City begins its reopening. I think as long as we stay organized, thats exactly what can and will and should happen, Henry said.
Winfrey, Pitt part of Grammys special for essential workers
FILE - This May 28, 2019 file photo shows Singer Harry Connick Jr. with his daughter Georgia at a special screening of "Pavarotti" in New York. The Grammys is putting together an event featuring Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Herbie Hancock and Harry Connick, Jr. to honor essential workers across America. It will follow host Connick Jr. and his filmmaker-daughter Georgia on road trip celebrating and thanking essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – The Grammys is putting together an event featuring Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Herbie Hancock and Harry Connick, Jr. to honor essential workers across America. Winfrey, Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Drew Brees will also deliver special messages to workers.
Jon Batiste and youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman pay tribute to Empire State Building
Jon Batiste and youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman pay tribute to Empire State Building For nearly 90 years, the Empire State Building has not only defined the skyline of New York, it has also stood as a symbol of American ingenuity and determination. In honor of the soaring tower’s creators, the nations first Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, headed to the observation deck with pianist Jon Batiste. Here is their performance of “The Republic Rising,” an original composition created for "CBS This Morning."cbsnews.com