Taylor Swift is inevitable: the star made history at today’s Grammys, becoming the first woman to win Album of the Year three times.
According to BBC, the historic win was achieved as her shock 2020 album folklore triumphed, beating strong competition from Dua Lipa (Future Nostalgia), Post Malone (Hollywood’s Bleeding), and Haim (Women in Music Pt. III). Swift’s win in the category always seemed assured though, folklore being a mammoth success when it took the entire world by surprise last year.
Swift previously won Album of the Year for 2010’s Fearless and 2016’s 1989. When she won for Fearless, she was the youngest artist to ever win in the category (aged 20), but was surpassed by Billie Eilish last year, when she won at the age of 18 for her album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?.
It puts her in esteemed company: the only other artists to win three times in the category are Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder. Now that’s one excellent dinner party foursome right there.
Folklore was of course one of two surprise album treats Swift gave fans in 2020 and expect her domination to continue: the companion piece to folklore, December’s evermore, is eligible to compete at next year’s Grammys. Don’t bet against her.
Swift accepted the award with her primary cowriters and coproducers, Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff. Earlier in the ceremony, Swift had performed a medley of songs: against a dreamy cottagecore woodlands backdrop, she started with the folklore hit ‘cardigan’, itself nominated for Song of the Year but losing out ‘I Can’t Breathe’ by H.E.R..
Antonoff and Dessner then joined her to sing ‘august’ – also taken from folklore – and ‘willow’, taken from evermore. It was the first time the trio had performed the songs together onstage. It also marked the first time Swift had graced the Grammy stage to perform in five years.
Check out Taylor Swift’s performance at the Grammys:
— Austin Kellerman (@AustinKellerman) March 15, 2021
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