Jon Batiste: 5 Interesting Facts About The Grammy Album of the Year Winner

Jon Batiste swept the 2022 Grammy Awards, winning 5 of his 11 nominations on Sunday, April 3's ceremony at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The musician won Album of the Year for his release "We Are", and he also earned the prizes for Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song for "Cry," Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media for Soul, and Best Music Video for "Freedom."

As the big winner of the night fans may well want to know more about Batiste and his illustrious career, here are some interesting facts about him.

1. He Recently Got Married

At the Grammys, Batiste and Suleika Jaouad confirmed they had secretly gotten married in February 2022.

Jaouad, who wrote memoir "Between Two Kingdoms", shared with CBS This Morning that they decided to tie the knot after she was diagnosed with leukemia a second time, though it was always their plan to do so.

The author said: "We got married the day before I was admitted to the hospital to undergo my bone marrow transplant.

"We have known that we wanted to get married, I think, from the first week that we started dating. That's when Jon first brought up the topic of marriage to me. So, we've had eight years. This is not, you know, a hasty decision!"

2. He Trained With Adam Driver (Kind of)

Batiste studied at Julliard School where he trained as a pianist in the music division at the same time that Adam Driver was in the drama division.

During an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Driver shared that he knew Batiste and several members of his band Stay Human from their time at the prestigious school.

3. He's Already Got an Oscar

Batiste won an Oscar for the music he composed on 2020 Pixar film Soul alongside Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, which they also won a Grammy for.

The trio earned the Academy Award for Best Original Score, and the film also went on to win Best Animated Film in the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021.

4. He's Worked with Stephen Colbert for a Long Time

Batiste is a prolific musician there's no denying that, but some people may know him best as being the band leader on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

The musician and Stay Human first performed on one of Colbert's shows when he was making The Colbert Report in 2014, and when the talk show host went on to make The Late Show in 2015 it was announced they would be the house band.

As well as making music to help introduce guests, Batiste and Stay Human have also performed with stars like John Legend on the show.

5. Video Games Helped Him Hone His Craft

Classic video games such as Street Fighter and Final Fantasy VII helped Batiste understand music when he was growing up.

In an interview with The Washington Post, he shared that it was the way the music in these games were made that helped him develop his skills.

"[Games] subconsciously taught me about theme and development, how to create catchy themes that you want to hear over and over again," Batiste told the publication.

"But at the same time, the theme can't be annoying. It can't be. After you've heard [an annoying] theme 100 times, you're ready to put the game on mute."

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Jon Batiste winner of best American roots performance, best American roots song, best music video and best score soundtrack for visual media poses in the winners photo room during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images for The Recording Academy