Taylor Swift won’t be on the podium, after all, if Olivia Rodigo’s “Sour” beats Swift’s “Evermore” for Grammy Album of the Year. Not that she is probably would have have, but she could have, until now. Swift was originally listed as a nominee for Rodrigo’s album due to a tween on the latter artist’s album, but the Recording Academy has now updated their nominee list and excluded several names that were previously listed.
St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, and Jack Antonoff are also no longer nominated for Rodrigo’s “Sour” songwriting team on the nominations list. These two and Swift together wrote “Cruel Summer”, a song from the album “Lover”, which Rodrigo and his camp credited as a tween in the hit “Deja Vu”, although it only featured the most modest similarity to the Swift album. Track.
In removing the nominations on Sunday, the Recording Academy said its policy is not to include writers of interpolated songs in the nominations, and that it did so in Rodrigo’s case only because of a submission that has mistakenly named Swift, Clark and Antonoff as complete. co-authors.
“During the submission process, the Academy received label credits for the track ‘Deju Vu’,” the Academy said in a statement. “Last week we got the correct credits from the label that recognizes Annie Clark, Jack Antonoff and Taylor Swift as songwriters for a tween on the track ‘Deja Vu’. Under current Grammy guidelines, as songwriters of an interpolated track, Clark, Antonoff, and Swift are not nominated in the Album of the Year category for “Sour.”
That doesn’t mean any of the three are now barred from Grammy nominations. As the Academy’s statement points out, “Antonoff and Swift are nominated in Swift’s album category, ‘Evermore’.” St. Vincent does not appear in the Album of the Year category, but is nominated for Best Alternative Album. for its release in 2021, “Daddy’s Home”.
How does this move affect another group of songwriters who were credited for a tween on Rodrigo’s album “Sour” – Paramore? Not at all, as Hayley Williams and her co-writers were never listed in the Grammy nomination for Rodrigo’s release, even though they were credited in the same way as Swift and her company; apparently the documents were submitted correctly on that one.
With the Swift / Clark / Antonoff mentions removed from the Grammys’ “Sour” credits, this album now has the second shortest list of songwriters nominated among the 10 nominated for Album of the Year: it’s just Rodrigo, his regular collaborator Daniel Nigro and Casey Smith. They are slightly beaten in this minimalism by Billie Eilish’s album “Happier Than Ever”, which only mentions herself and her brother Finneas as writers. Swift’s “Evermore” album also features five fairly free writers.
In contrast, Justin Bieber’s “Justice” album lists 73 nominated songwriters. (Ironically, one of them is Finneas.) And Kanye West’s “Donda” slightly beat Bieber’s album by listing 77 Grammy-eligible songwriters. The HER album has 51 nominated writers, while Doja Cat’s has 35 online for a Grammy.
The Recording Academy maintains a page for updates and corrections to its nominations. “This year, for the first time, we are making these updates public to ensure transparency and accessibility to the most recent and accurate information,” said a statement on the updates page. Some of these fixes involve adding additional contributors that weren’t originally listed, or simply correcting the spellings (songwriter Ilsey Juber having previously been rendered as Isley Juber). But in one case last week, it involved adding Linda Chorney as a nominee for Best American Roots Song after her rightfully deserved nomination was flagged for consideration and left out when the Grammy list was revealed for the. first time.