Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin was honored in the best opera recording category at the Grammy Awards on Sunday evening for “Blanchard: Champion” by jazz musician Terence Blanchard.
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“A fourth Grammy, I don’t believe it yet,” Mr. Nézet-Séguin said in an interview on LCN.
“It's always extraordinary, especially because this year was the first time I was able to go to Los Angeles to collect my trophy,” he added.
The Quebec artist says his first in-person experience at the Grammy Awards was “amazing.”
During her acceptance speech, Yannick Nézet-Séguin dedicated her victory to her husband Pierre Tourville.
“Pierre, he has shared my life for over 25 years. He is himself a musician with the Orchester Métropolitain. We make music together, we have developed together,” he explains.
“He can give me the courage to do what I need to do,” he continues. I've rarely had the opportunity in my life to be able to say it loud and clear during a ceremony, even when I've won trophies, so I decided to tell the whole world.
Although he often performs in front of an audience, the musician believes speaking in front of thousands of people to accept an award is a “surreal” moment.
The conductor was pleasantly surprised by people's interest in classical music, although he believes that this enthusiasm for the music he produces is less great than that for the work of Taylor Swift or even Céline Dion.
“I noticed that classical music is quite trendy at the moment,” he says.
Celine Dion ignored by Taylor Swift? “We noticed it immediately”
Yannick Nézet-Séguin says that her husband said that evening: “Céline will perform for me.”
Pierre Tourville would not have been wrong.
Quebec diva Céline Dion's surprise appearance at the Best Album of the Year award ceremony was greeted with a warm ovation.
“As a Quebecer, I had my success at the start of the day with Allison Russell, also from Montreal, with Rufus Wainwright hosting, and then I ended the evening with Céline Dion,” I said to myself: “It always is another great day for Quebec,” he says.
However, the minor controversy over Taylor Swift ignoring Céline Dion as she walked on stage hasn't gone unnoticed.
“We noticed that straight away,” he said immediately.
“Pierre turned to me and said, 'She ignored Céline!'” says Mr. Nézte-Séguin.
“However, you always have to give the benefit of the doubt in all of this because given the emotions and the number of people that are there, even for someone like Taylor Swift, who has billions of people following her, it's still stressful.” I give him im When in doubt, trust,” says the four-time Grammy winner.