A mixed night of sorts, Taylor Nation.
First of all, Taylor did not win her nominations. Record of the Year and Song of the Year went to Sam Smith for “Stay With Me”, who sweeped the awards. Best Solo Pop Performance went to Pharrell. The surprise win of the night was Beck who won Album of the Year for Morning Phase. There was a strong message to end violence against women that started with President Barack Obama, then was emphatized by Brooke Axtell a survivor of domestic violence with a very powerful speech and ended with a symbolic performance by Katy Perry. Not to be outdone were great performances by Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Madonna, Pharrell, Beyonce and a weird but amazing performance with Sia with Kristin Wiig and Maddie Ziegler doing the interpretative dance.
Yes, it’s true. The Grammy didn’t go to “Shake It Off”. I really wanted it to win, or actually for Taylor to win something, but I will have to say that I do feel the rest of the album has more power behind it. 1989 is eligible for next year’s 58th GRAMMY Awards. Taylor did make two appearances, one giving Sam Smith his first award of the night as Best New Artist and a second one announcing his performance on stage alongside Mary J. Blige which was one of the best.
And finally, a minor but significant event as the Forever and Always Fearless One buries the hatchet with… wait for it… disabling locks… calling off the ninjas… opening double-barrelled safety vault locks… Kanye West. The Rapper Whose Name I Used To Forget is now unbanned (believe it or not you couldn’t get a comment with the words “Kanye” or “West” in this blog since 2009). The hatchet is buried. It’s a new day.
As I usually do, I will ask you to keep your comments nice, no name calling and no personal insults – to nobody. Ok, the Sparkly Dressed is able to put bunny ears to her best friend Abigail Anderson, but that’s it.
Coming up on the Calendar!
- February 13: Caitlin Evanson performs at Lestat’s West in San Diego, California.
- February 15: Taylor Swift is part of Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary.
- February 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for International Female Solo Artist for the BRIT Awards 2015. She is scheduled to perform.
- March 15: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is nominated for International Album of the Year for the 2015 JUNO Awards.
- March 29: Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Best Fan Army for the Swifties, and Lyrics of the Year for “Blank Space” for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The show will be broadcast on NBC at 8pm ET.