Monday, July 22, 2024

Grammy Awards Rescue Jon Batiste Flop Album, World Music Radio, After Almost No Copies Sold


The Grammy Awards are loyal, let’s say that.

They’ve rescued Jon Batiste’s non event album, “World Music Radio,” after no one bought it.

The album has a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year after selling 21,000 copies. That’s it. It was Dead on Arrival. Now it’s got a nomination.

The song, “Butterfly,” is also nominated for Record of the Year. It also made no noise upon release.

Batiste is the only male performer to score noms in those categories.

Bizarre, yes. But Batiste is one of the few men under a certain age to release a record this year. He’s also a past winner. Two years ago his “We Are” won Album of the Year quite unexpectedly.

But a lot of time and money goes into the Batiste machine. He’s the star of a Netflix documentary called “American Symphony,” which debuts November 29th. Batiste’s personal story is dramatic– his wife, formerly his girlfriend, Suleika, was battling leukemia as he was winning awards and writing a symphony. The movie is very well made, and a pleasure to watch knowing that Suleika’s winning her battle so far.

But Batiste really the only male nominee? It’s a head scratcher, that’s for sure. Aside from Ed Sheeran, there are few candidates with releases. I guess Noel Kahan could have been better represented in the awards. Otherwise the charts are dominated by women and hip hop. Men either don’t know what to sing about, or no one cares about what they have to say anymore. There are no new James Taylors or al Greens or Jackson Brownes. Sad.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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