Yes, Taylor Swift probably thought she won Album of the Year last night. I can tell you why there’s a video clip (see below) of Taylor a little surprised she hadn’t won when Daft Punk was called to the stage.

At Clive Davis’s party on Saturday night I happened to be standing near Taylor during a dinner break. We’d been talking. Several top record execs and a couple of artists came by to say they’d voted for her Red album. They were quite emphatic. Taylor was surprised by their intensity. I really think it was the first time she’d considered the possibility. One really famous guy told her: “You’ve got it.”

The process of winners’ names being called out at awards shows is crazy enough at places like the Oscars. The video response is controlled. But in the Staples Center, it’s like the circus. Poor Taylor. I felt bad for her when she was surprised again. But she probably got over it within seconds.

 

 

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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