Grammy nominations are out. And Taylor Swift, previously a Grammy favorite, has been snubbed.
I predicted this when Swift appeared on the American Music Awards and performed from her “Reputation” album.
Once you do that, you’re out of the Grammys. So somehow Swift’s people knew she wouldn’t make the Grammy cut, or she opted to ditch them and go for the AMAs.
Either way, Taylor won’t be performing on the Grammys and has no noms in the major categories except for pop album. Nothing for Song or Record or Album of the Year. That’s not typical Taylor, a usual Grammy favorite.
She’s joined in the snub by her arch rival, Kanye West. Also not nommed for Album of the Year, Beyonce and Jay Z as The Carters. Last year, Jay Z got a bunch of nominations in exchange for not having the Grammys at his Barclays Center. He lost in every category.
Kanye meanwhile got nada for his “Ye” album. His one nomination is for Producer of the Year because he produced five albums in one day. But I’m more excited about Larry Klein, a great jazz and pop producer, who’s up for that same award. He’s a real musician, whose work with Joni Mitchell and Julia Fordham, shines.