Musician Jon Batiste leads Grammy Award nominations with 11

Jon Batiste might be the Grammys biggest surprise: The multi-genre performer and recent Oscar winner made such an impression on voters that he scored the most nominations with 11.

Batiste earned an album of the year nod for "We Are" along with record of the year with "Freedom," a feel-good ode to the city of New Orleans. His nominations span several genres including R&B, jazz, American roots music, classical and music video.

Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. each came away with the second-most nominations with eight. Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo both had seven nods.

Jon Baptiste AP PHOTO
Jon Baptiste AP PHOTO

'Get Back' series dispels, and confirms, some Beatle myths

NEW YORK: For 50 years, the fixed narrative had the Beatles' "Let it Be" recording session as a miserable experience with the band in the process of breaking up.

The nearly eight-hour, Peter Jackson-produced documentary culled from film and recording outtakes of those sessions instead reveal a self-aware band with a rare connection and work ethic that still knew how to have fun — yet was also in the process of breaking up.

The "Get Back" series on Disney+, "Get Back" is a fly-on-the-wall look at the creative process of a band still popular a half-century after it ceased existence.

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, with Yoko Ono, seated right, in a scene from documentary ‘Get Back.’ AP PHOTO
Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, with Yoko Ono, seated right, in a scene from documentary ‘Get Back.’ AP PHOTO

Helen Mirren makes regal bow as Harry Potter quiz show host

LOS ANGELES: Helen Mirren is oddly absent from the Harry Potter film franchise, but she's found her own path into its magical world.

Dame Mirren, as the Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning actor is properly addressed, makes her debut as a quiz host with the weekly four-part series "Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses."

In episode one, contestants representing the Gryffindor and Hufflepuff houses field trivia questions about J.K. Rowling's novels-turned-films in a bid to claim a championship trophy and prizes.

Mirren left the cramming to the players and is unworried about being a novice game show emcee.

Helen Mirren hosting the quiz show ‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses.’ AP PHOTO
Helen Mirren hosting the quiz show ‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses.’ AP PHOTO