Taylor Swift 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 becomes 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 number of songs at the ceremony, was also up for five more Grammys tonight: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Cardigan” and Best Pop Duo / Group Performance for “Exile” (with Bon Iver ), best pop vocal album and best song for visual media (for Cats’ “Beautiful Ghosts”). Album of the year was her only win in 2021.
Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff are also recognized as recipients of Album of the Year for their work on folklore. Dessner was one of the producers, engineers / mixers and songwriters of the LP; Antonoff was a producer and engineer / mixer. Dessner won his first Grammy in 2018 and was honored with his national bandmates for Sleep Well Beast as the best alternative music album.
The album of the year 2021 is Swift’s 11th Grammy win. She surprised published folklore last July and followed it up in December with the companion album Evermore, which included tracks with HAIM, Bon Iver and The National. Next month Swift will release Fearless (Taylor’s version), a re-recorded version of their 2008 album Fearless, as part of their efforts to regain ownership of their music after Scooter Braun bought their masters in 2019.
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