Jon Batiste and his wife Suleika Jaouad walked hand-in-hand at the 2024 Grammys after documenting her health journey in the Netflix documentary 'American Symphony'
The musician, 37, stood side-by-side with Jaouad, 35, holding her hand as they made their way to the show. Dressed in a metallic gray suit by Boss with high collar and kilt, Batiste accessorized with jewelry by David Yurman and Vacheron Constantin, plus Christian Louboutin shoes. Jaouad wore a black gown with feathered trim, sequin details and high slit, plus T-strap heels and sparkling earrings.
Two years prior, Jaouad and Batiste were newlyweds (they tied the knot in Feb. 2022) when Batiste was nominated for nearly a dozen Grammy Awards. However, Jaouad was not able to attend that night; she was home recovering from a bone marrow transplant after a relapse of the leukemia she first was diagnosed with at age 22.
In November, Batiste told PEOPLE he was looking forward to having his award show date back.
“It’s our opportunity to have a do-over. In fact it’s very poetic because my song that’s nominated for song of the year, ‘Butterfly,’ started off as a lullaby that I wrote for Suleika in the hospital,” says Batiste.
The couple documented the journey, including that night of the 2022 Grammys, in their Netflix documentary American Symphony. Batiste’s challenges with work-life balance were highlighted, showing his battle to be present when his wife was sick at home.
“It’s hard to be present when you’re in moments like the Grammys and everything is pulling your attention, and you have to be supremely focused, and you’ve worked all this time for a certain goal in your mind, and your partner is at home and going through this,” he said. “It was a lot of anxiety mixed with a lot of raw emotion and celebration. I think this year is going to be great.”
Batiste is nominated for several Grammy awards this year, including album of the year — which he won back in 2022 for his record “We Are.” That year he took home five wins.
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