Monday, April 15, 2024

New Twist in Taylor Swift Story: She Can Sing Even New Songs Now that Grammys Snubbed Her for Best Album


Somehow, Taylor Swift really came out on top in this whole push pull thing with the American Music Awards.

Leading up to the Grammy Awards, it seemed like Taylor was in a bind. She couldn’t sing old songs on the AMAs because of her legal conflict. She couldn’t sing new songs from her “Lover” album because the Grammys– everyone thought– were going to restrain her from doing the same songs on both shows.

But then the Grammy nominations yesterday were a big surprise. They snubbed “Lover” except for the title track. Swift was left out of Album and Record of the Year. It was quite dumbfounding. I– and many others– expected her to get Album, Song, Record (for “Lover ” or “You Better Calm Down”). But she was left with just best song (“Lover”) and best pop solo performance.

This was akin to Justin Timberlake’s big snub a few years ago for his “20/20” album. There’s a good chance Taylor won’t even perform on the Grammys. She may have an Oscar nomination for her “Cats” song, and wait to appear on that program instead. Ouch!

So this Sunday, Swift could perform anything she likes on the AMAs. After all that sturm and drang, Swift could sing any or all of the “Lover” songs. So far, sources say, they don’t know what she’s settled on. But it’s sure to be a big deal and the cause for huge ratings.

We wait and see…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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