Taylor Swift made history earlier this year when she won Grammy Album of the Year for its surprise release Folklore. The ensemble was chosen as champion, beating other nominees like that of Dua Lipa. Nostalgia for the future, HAIM Women in Music Pt. III and Post Malone’s Hollywood bleeding, to name just a few of the top releases that competed for the prize.
Swift joined a very select group of some of the most beloved and successful musicians of all time in winning Grammy Album of the Year for the third time, and now she may already be on her way to a another nomination in this competitive space.
The 2021 Grammys may have ended just under two months ago, but believe it or not, the eligibility deadline for the next round of nominations is already more than halfway. All the songs and albums that hope to be ready for a golden gramophone in 2022 are due out between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021, so there are only about four months left. It’s likely that many titles that will continue to deserve nods have already been released, and so the prediction season is already upon us.
The Grammys 2022 appear to be another odd staging much to the music industry’s credit, as there don’t seem to be many obvious nominees. At least one Swift project is likely to be included when names are called in less than a year, and it may already be a trailblazer.
Swift’s Always, which came out a few months later Folklore (but in a different eligibility period), appears to be a presumptive candidate. The set served as a follow-up to Folklore, and the critics liked it so much, it makes sense that they would want to reward the sessions again. Always was a critical and commercial heavyweight in itself, and while it didn’t have as impressive an impact as its predecessor, it still stands out as one of the best-reviewed and successful versions of this race of current eligibility.
Yes Always wins a nomination for Album of the Year, it will mark Swift’s fifth nod in the field, and she has only lost once (for her feature film red). The cover of Swift on his second set Intrepid, now known as Without fear (Taylor version), is also a candidate, but the singer-songwriter is unlikely to submit both for consideration. Intrepid already won this trophy over ten years ago, and it’s not smart of the musician to confront two titles, as it would surely hurt him in the end.
Now, whether she could win Grammy Album of the Year in consecutive years is a whole different argument, and it’s too early to declare her champion without knowing what else is going on … but it doesn’t. would not. Don’t be smart about counting it for now.