Is Taylor Swift going to the 2018 Grammys? Here's what we know
As all you Taylor Swift fans out there likely already know, Reputation wasn’t eligible for a Grammy nomination this year. Why, you ask? According to the Grammy website, “For the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, albums must be released between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017.” Sadly, Reputation didn’t come out until November 10th. So even though it literally crashed iTunes upon release, it’s not up for Album of the Year or anything else.
However, that doesn’t mean it will be a totally Swift-less Grammy Awards.
Even though her blockbuster album wasn’t eligible, Taylor was still nominated for two awards. The first is Best Song Written For Visual Media for “I Don’t Want To Live Forever,” a collaboration with Zayn Malik for Fifty Shades Darker. The second is for Best Country Song for “Better Man,” the song she wrote for the band Little Big Town.
Taylor’s decision to drop Reputation in November, just shy of the 2018 eligibility cut-off, was likely a strategic move. It ensures she’ll be a shoo-in for the 2019 Grammy Awards, while still being up for a couple awards this year.
So, does that mean we’ll see Swift at the Grammys after all? Unfortunately, her attendance is still unconfirmed at this point.
While it’s hard to know for sure, it’s certainly possible she’ll show up. However, the performer has been maintaining a low profile as of late. Swift only posted on Instagram twice in January, both related to the release to the “End Game” music video. (Likewise with Twitter.)
The uncertainty over Swift’s attendance at the 2018 Grammys comes after nearly two years of staying out of the spotlight while working on the well-reviewed Reputation. (The exception being the infamous brawl between Swift, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian over West’s song “Famous” and the subsequent music video. Who can forget that?)
Swift skipping out on this year’s ceremony would make quite the statement, considering she’s attended every year she’s been nominated. (She sat out in 2017 because she wasn’t up for an award.)