With this year's previously postponed awards show now set for Sunday, March 14 at 8PM ET -- we're taking a deep look at some of the 2021 GRAMMY nominees for Album of the Year and some of the reasons why each artist deserves the win.
Buckle up, #Swifties. If anyone was on the fence regarding Taylor Swift's incredibly deserving nod for folklore, "this is me trying" my hardest to sway them.
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It's a stacked lineup of artists and bands vying for the coveted award this year as you can see in the list below. While each deserves a win in their own way -- we're here for one reason, folklore.
2021 Album Of The Year Nominees
Jhené Aiko - Chilombo
Black Pumas - Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition)
Coldplay - Everyday Life
Jacob Collier - Djesse Vol. 3
HAIM - Women in Music Pt. III
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
Post Malone - Hollywood’s Bleeding
Taylor Swift - folklore
After canceling what would have been a massive global trek in support of her 2019 album Lover and the continuance of her ever-expanding worldwide domination, Swift found that she had lots of time on her hands with all of the planning now on hold.
"It has changed everything about the way that I do what I do," Swift says of the giant pause. "I was pretty upset when my shows all got canceled, and I realized I wasn't going to be able to connect with my fans in the way that I'm traditionally used to, just a normal human interaction I couldn't do anymore." So what did she do? Put that energy into writing... a lot.
Then, on July 23, 2020, the singer announced on social media that a brand new album would be available the following day. "Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening,” she captioned an Instagram post. "There is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen, and that thing is my 8th studio album, 'folklore,'" she added. An epic album announcement among so many others.
Not only did Swift open up her heart as she has on each previous album, she also opened her doors, remotely of course, to some unexpected writers and producers. Drawing on her love of brooding Indie rock, she enlisted the help of The National's Aaron Dessner, Bleachers and fun. songwriter Jack Antonoff, and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.
This collaborative effort gave fans of Swift a taste of something different, while at the same time bringing a whole new set of listeners to the party.
The instant hit "cardigan" officially debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with Billboard announcing it as "the first time in history that an artist has debuted at No. 1 on both the #Hot100 and #Billboard200 in the same week." Impressive, but wait. Swift is also the first artist ever to have two songs debut in the top four spots on the Hot 100, thanks to "cardigan" at number 1 and "the 1" at number 4. folklore has also helped Swift take the lead for most records to appear on the Billboard Hot 100.
And then came "betty." For the first time in seven years, Taylor gave her first performance on Country music's ACMs stage to give her newest Country-flavored hit a proper live performance from the Grand Ole Opry House.
After more records broken, some shots fired, an auctioned guitar, an intimate streaming special, and the revelation of her beau in the album credits -- Swift did it again, surprise dropping evermore, her third album in 16 months. But that's a whole other love story.
If you needed any more convincing, Rolling Stone magazine made it their number one album of 2020 -- and Taylor's response to that news was nothing short of purrrrrfect.
With the 2021 GRAMMYs set to be a completely different experience this year, it will be interesting to see how it all gets put together in the age of COVID. Watch live on CBS on Sunday, March 14, starting at 8PM ET.
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