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Jon Batiste’s “WE ARE,” A Massive Betting Underdog, Wins Album Of The Year At Grammys

Jon Batiste took home the big one.

JON BATISTE performs at THE 64TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, broadcasting live Sunday, April 3 (8:00-11:30 PM, LIVE ET/5:00-8:30 PM, LIVE PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. -- Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Despite leading the field with 11 nominations, Jon Batiste did not convince oddsmakers he was going to win major awards at the Grammys. His “WE ARE,” for instance, was a massive underdog for Album of the Year.

During the early portion of the campaign, the album was considered the longest shot with odds of +3300. Different books offered different lines as the show drew near, but most had the album in the +2500 to +4000 range. To put it simply, no one was giving the album a shot.

They should have. In addition to winning some genre-specific awards earlier in the show, Batiste did take home the coveted Album of the Year prize.

“WE ARE” beat out numerous high-profile contenders, including oddsmaker favorites like Olivia Rodrigo’s “SOUR,” Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s “Love For Sale,” and Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever.”

— The “Big Four” results were not kind to oddsmakers, who also got Song of the Year and Record of the Year wrong (they favored Rodrigo’s “drivers license,” the awards went to Silk Sonic’s “Leave The Door Open”). Their only correct pick came in Best New Artist, which Rodrigo unsurprisingly claimed.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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