Golden Globe-winning singer Jon Batiste has unveiled the K-pop sensation V from BTS as his source of inspiration. The unexpected friendship between the two artists took root when their fans began discussing the possibility of a meeting at the Academy Awards.
Responding to the fans’ excitement, the official Twitter account of the Academy Awards assured that if Jon Batiste and V were to cross paths, a picture would be posted. Jon eagerly joined the conversation by replying, “Love him. I’m in! Are you Kim Taehyung?” showcasing his enthusiasm for connecting with the BTS member.
Taking their budding friendship a step further, Jon Batiste followed V on Instagram and even showcased his admiration by sharing a trumpet cover of the song “Autumn Leaves.” Their paths ultimately converged at the 2022 Grammy Awards, where V wholeheartedly supported Jon, who achieved a historic Album of the Year victory.
After the Grammy Awards, Jon Batiste and V spent time together, sharing laughter and memorable moments. V graciously attempted to teach Jon some Korean, and the two engaged in friendly exchanges, with Jon following in Taehyung’s footsteps and expressing gratitude to hotel staff in Korean.
Recently, in response to a fan’s inquiry about his inspiration, the iconic singer wasted no time in mentioning Taehyung’s name, solidifying the significance of their bond.
The friendship between Jon Batiste and V serves as a testament to the unifying power of music and the mutual respect shared among artists across cultural boundaries. Their connection not only demonstrates the positive impact BTS has had on fellow musicians but also highlights the genuine connections that can emerge from shared admiration and artistic appreciation.
As their friendship continues to blossom, fans eagerly anticipate future collaborations or interactions between these two talented individuals, united by their passion for music and their ability to inspire audiences worldwide.