As Jon Batiste prepared for the 2022 Grammys, he was filled with honor and humility.
“Many people paved the way for me, musically and otherwise. It was a blur after the announcements to be honest. My phone kept ringing the entire week. On the flip side, my partner (Suleika Jaouad) was diagnosed with a serious illness so I could see it all with a great deal of perspective,” Batiste told Vanity Fair.
While Sunday’s Grammy Awards are far from the first time the singer-songwriter has been nominated — he earned a nod in 2018 for his Saint James Infirmary Blues performance and again in 2020 for his albums Chronology of a Dream: Live at the Village Vanguard and Meditations with Cory Wong — it’ll be a banner evening for the artist, as he is this year’s leading nominee with 11 nominations.
For what’s sure to be an indelible evening, Batiste turned to Dolce & Gabbana to outfit him for the red carpet and his performance. “At their best, your clothes are a representation of how you see yourself and how you want to be received. As a performer it’s unavoidable so you might as well make it count,” Batiste explained.
The partnership came to life after Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana saw Batiste don their iconic pink suit in the music video for “Freedom,” a track that’s nominated for record of the year.
“When Jon tried it on for the first time he immediately wanted to move, dance and shout which is always a great sign. It brought him to life, and we immediately knew it would not be our last collaboration. This suit helped define the fun, charismatic character that we carried with us throughout this ‘Freedom’ era and it only felt right to collaborate with Dolce & Gabbana to bring our ‘Freedom’ characters to life for this historic moment,” Jemel McWilliams, Batiste’s creative director and choreographer explained.
As for Batiste, Dolce & Gabbana is excited to continue working with Dolce & Gabbana as their collaboration has allowed him to “bring my story and my culture to what they do.” “It’s really been a wonderful collection thus far,” he said of working with the Italian luxury fashion house.