Taylor Swift has won the 2021 Grammy Award for Album of the Year for her eighth album, folklore. She won the award over HAIM, Post Malone, Black Pumas, Jhené Aiko, Jacob Collier, Coldplay, and Dua Lipa. Swift is the first woman in history to win Album of the Year three times, having previously been honored for 1989 and Fearless.
Swift, who performed a suite of songs at the ceremony, was also up for five other Grammys tonight: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “cardigan,” as well as Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “exile” (with Bon Iver), Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Song Written for Visual Media (for Cats’ “Beautiful Ghosts”). Album of the Year was her only 2021 victory.
Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff are also credited as Album of the Year recipients for their work on folklore. Dessner was one of the LP’s producers, engineers/mixers, and songwriters; Antonoff was a producer and engineer/mixer. Back in 2018, Dessner won his first Grammy, earning Best Alternative Music Album with his National bandmates for Sleep Well Beast.
The 2021 Album of the Year is Swift’s 11th Grammy win
Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” Album Review.
Listened/watched Taylor Swift’s perform “Folklore” on Disney Prime. This is a radical change of musical and lyrical style. Her earlier seven albums were biographical, “Folklore” is a departure.
When Taylor was a very young teenager her family relocated to Nashville to help her musical career. For a few years she was a professional song writer, writing songs everyday for other artists. Taylor Swift has mastered her craft.
The “Folklore” album is mostly a guitar, piano and her lovely voice and lyrics. Due to the Pandemic all of the recording studios were closed so she recorded the album in her house, Long Pond Studios and another smaller studio up the road. Taylor Swift had a choice to wait out the Pandemic or accomplish something. She delivered.
I was surprise at Long Pond Studios how much very old musical instruments (Kay guitar, Fender amp and an ancient Vox bass, etc.) we’re laying all over the studio and metal stands. In 1981 I was in Ronnie’s studio in Nashville, Tenn. I asked why were all of the music stands, chairs everything in the studio made of wood? They were surprised I noticed. The studio manager reply, “Ronnie Milsap can “hear the metal” resonant and demanded everything to be switched over to wood.” Now that’s a set of ears.
The “Folklore” album was just recently released and became the first million-selling album of 2020 in U.S. If you need to chill this is the album for you.