Global superstar Taylor Swift officially returned to the Grammy stage on Sunday night. The performance marked Swift’s first since she opened the show in 2016. As she had announced earlier this week, Swift was joined by her Folklore collaborators Jack Antonoff and The National‘s Aaron Dessner. The performance, which Grammy executive producer Ben Winston had described as “magical” earlier this week, certainly lived up to the hype.
Performing not one or two, but three of her hits from 'folklore' and 'evermore.' pic.twitter.com/11RT651suQ
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) March 15, 2021
Taking to the stage, Swift performed a medley of hits from Folklore and its sister album Evermore. The performance opened with Swift laying in a beautiful green meadow in a gorgeous flowy dress ripped straight out of her “Love Story” days, as she belted out her hit “Cardigan.” The camera then pulled out to show the large-scale stage, decked out with a garden and a cabin, perfectly capturing the whimsical cottage-core aesthetic of the two records. The cabin then lit up to reveal Antonoff and Dessner, who Swift joined to perform “August” on guitar. The trio then closed the show-stopping performance with an edgy version of “Willow,” with drums and stronger guitars building the track for its live debut.
Elsewhere, Swift made also made a serious return to the Grammy awards having been largely left out for her two previous albums Reputation and Lover. Folklore, Swift’s quarantine album, marked her return to Album of the Year, while also earning her a fourth consecutive Best Pop Vocal nomination.
The album’s lead single “Cardigan,” which became her sixth No. 1, earned Swift her fifth Song of the Year nomination. The nomination officially made her the most nominated woman in the category’s history. The track, along with Bon Iver collaboration “Exile,” received nods in Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, respectively. “Beautiful Ghosts,” from the 2019 Cats film adaption, garnered a nomination for Best Song written for Visual Media. The track lost to Billie Eilish’s “No Time To Die.”
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