Jon Batistethe guest of this episode of The Hollywood ReporterIt is Rewards Discussion podcast, recorded in front of an audience of Chapman University film students, is a singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and actor. At just 37 years old, he has already won five Grammys, including, in 2022, Album of the Year, for We are – and also has an Oscar, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award to his credit, all for the 2020 film score Soul. He is currently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his song “It Never Went Away”, which is featured in Matthew Heinemanthe Netflix documentary American Symphonyabout the best and worst moments of the lives of Batiste and his wife, Suleïka Jaouad.
Batiste was described by Forbes as “a generational artist who only gets better.” Wynton Marsalis, artistic director and general manager of Jazz at Lincoln Center, called him “a modern virtuoso. A sleek, electric artist with an incredibly rich palette of techniques and styles rooted in the soul of New Orleans. It is engaging, entertaining and accurate. And TIME The magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
This year, he was nominated for six Grammys, including each of the “big three”: album of the year (for World music radios), record of the year (for “Worship”) and song of the year (for “Butterfly”).