JON BATISTE PRAISED BY STEPHEN COLBERT AFTER FIVE GRAMMY WINS
NEW YORK (AP) – So, what do you have to do to get effusive public praise from your boss? If you are Jon Batiste, the answer is to win five Grammys in a single night. After his big Grammy night, Batiste got the day off as he made his way back to New York. But that didn’t stop Stephen Colbert from gushing about the leader of his house band Stay Human on CBS “Late Show” last night. After showing clips from Batiste’s album of the year win in Las Vegas, Colbert exclaimed, “we know that dude…that’s the guy from work!” Explaining Batiste’s absence, Colbert told the studio audience he was stuck in airport security, “explaining the five Grammy-shaped bulges in his pants.” And to make sure he wasn’t missed, Batiste’s image was plastered over a multi-image dome that hangs over the studio.
STEPHEN COLBERT LAUDS BATISTE’S MUSIC SKILLS
NEW YORK (AP) – Sure, Stephen Colbert had plenty of punchlines ready for the first show he did since bandleader Jon Batiste won five Grammys on Sunday night – but he also had lots of praise for him. Noting the title of the best album of the year is “We Are,” Colbert said it should’ve been called “We Are…Gonna Win a Butt-load of Grammys.” After showing Batiste coming up to the stage after Lenny Kravitz announced the best album winner, Colbert joked it was clear Batiste didn’t expect to win because he “wore his most casual rhinestone bishop’s vestments.” And after showing a clip of Batiste saying that playing music is “a spiritual practice” for him, Colbert apologized for interrupting the musician’s “spiritual practice” with constant “jokes about Rudy Giuliani’s wine-soaked buffoonery.”
DON CHEADLE WINS GRAMMY FOR SPOKEN WORD
LAS VEGAS (AP) – There aren’t many people in the world who can say they beat both Barack Obama and Dave Chappelle – in the same competition, no less. But Don Cheadle can. He beat the former president and the comedian for the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album. And even if you watched the ceremony Sunday night, you might have missed it; Cheadle’s win came during the pre-telecast ceremony in Las Vegas. Cheadle narrated “Carry On: Reflections For A New Generation From John Lewis,” featuring final reflections from the late congressman and civil rights champion.
TONY HAWK MOVIE DUE OUT TODAY
UNDATED (AP) – Many must have wondered how it was that pro skateboarder Tony Hawk ended up as a presenter on the Oscars a week ago Sunday. It’s because he has a new movie coming out. “Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off” is a documentary about his life. It’s directed by Sam Jones – and is being released today. You may not be able to “catch air” on a skateboard – but you can catch the movie on air – through both HBO and on its streaming partner, HBO Max.