We’re in the midst of what my favorite TV mom Moira Rose’s infamously called her favorite season – awards. The time of year where artists and entertainment professionals everywhere are recognized for their hard work and creativity over the previous 12 months. And while 2020’s award season is just getting started, there’s one singer who has already received an amount of awards and nominations that make for a remarkable year.
And the artist in question, of course, is Taylor Swift! Her surprise album Folklore dropped in late July, and won the Guinness World Record for “most day-one streams of an album on Spotify”. Fans were immediately drawn to the mellow, indie sound of her eighth studio album. And while Swift fans are notoriously supportive, critics across the board were also impressed by the record.
Folklore was first nominated for “The Album of 2020” at the People’s Choice Awards, as well as “Favorite Pop/Rock Album” at the American Music Awards. Then, last week Apple announced that they were naming Swift “Songwriter Of The Year” at their second annual Apple Music Awards.
Swift responded by saying, “Winning Songwriter of the Year in any capacity in any year would be so exciting, but I think it’s really special this particular year because songwriting was the one thing that kept me connected to my fans. It means a lot to me because the way that fans respond to the songs I write, and the emotional exchange, is what has really kept me going this year. So I really want to say thank you to the fans for that, and to everyone at Apple Music, thank you for everything that you do.”
The cherry on top of the Swiftie sundae came yesterday when the Grammy Awards announced the nominees for their January 2021 award show, and ya girl seriously swept up the nominations. Are you ready for this? Folklore was nominated for “Album Of The Year” and “Best Pop Vocal Album”. Its first single “Cardigan” was nominated for “Song Of The Year” and “Best Pop Solo Performance”. Swift’s song with Bon Iver, “Exile” was nominated for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance”. And finally, Jack Antonoff was nominated for “Producer Of The Year” in large part for his work on Folklore.
Congratulations to Taylor and the entire team who worked on Folklore for the well deserved recognition!