Jon Batiste of All American Rejects becomes EGOT as Grammys 2018 nominees announced

Written by By Cécile Jordan, CNN

A chorus of praise has begun rolling in for the massive achievement of All American Rejects , who celebrated their own impressive EGOT streak by becoming the eighth musician in history to score a Grammy win and an Oscar — and will soon be the fourth person to bag a Tony award.

While American singer-songwriter Jon Batiste took the weekend to tweet his excitement with 9.7 million followers on Instagram , Grammy ceremony attendees have been buzzing about the feat over Twitter since the nominations were announced.

Batiste, 36, a drummer and composer who also hosts the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” was honored for the “live performance recording” of “Christmas in Washington”.

Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Sting and Metallica landed nine nominations, while a stellar line-up of pop and rock acts including Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, U2, The Weeknd and Lady Antebellum all earned eight nods.

But for Batiste, the biggest prize was his fellow Americans performing, especially as this is his second nomination at the Grammys.

“I mean, we get to perform for 12 minutes with the legends of the industry, so it’s like, wow. It’s crazy,” he told Reuters.

“I’m so over the moon. When I found out I was nominated, I didn’t know that that was something that I could have imagined because it was such a great turnout,” he added.

The “Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

The “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” host will have the chance to perform with the legendary Ringo Starr at the awards ceremony in New York.

Longtime American actor Alec Baldwin was happy for his “Saturday Night Live” co-star.

“It’s obviously a monumental achievement for Jon Batiste to get nominated for a Grammy but it’s also an even bigger achievement for All American Rejects… at any point in their careers, making music is an achievement,” he said.

“I just feel really, really, really happy for Jon and he worked so hard for something that’s this monumental,” he said.

The “Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

“We worked for something that is so huge. So being nominated and to get in there, it feels just really incredibly, incredibly good.”

Watch the clip above to find out what Batiste thinks about whether his success will inspire young musicians and his excitement about being a partner in “this amazing art form.”

The 53rd Grammy Awards take place on February 10, 2019.

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