At 12 years old, Joey Alexander was one of the biggest talents of the night.
Justin Bieber’s younger brother didn’t get a chance to take the stage at Monday night’s Grammys, but someone in his age bracket did: Joey Alexander. The 12-year-old pianist took the stage to show off the chops that make him one of the youngest Grammy nominees in history.
Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow and Common introduced Joey before he joyfully took center stage. “We have to ensure that the work of these gifted artists is truly valued so that our industry not only survives, but thrives for our next generation,” Portnow said.
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Alexander, who got a standing ovation from the audience at L.A.’s Staples Center, currently ranks as the sixth youngest person to receive a Grammy nomination — he was up for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo at this year’s ceremony. His debut album My Favorite Things dropped in May 2015. At the time of his record release, the New York Times called Alexander “the most talked-about one that jazz has seen in a while.”
Check out his performance from the 58th Annual Grammys here.
See EW’s full list of Grammys winners here.