News Update: Taylor at iHeartMedia Summit. Band Together 1989 celebrates year and album.

(Photo: Tom Poleman/iHeartRadio via Instagram)
(Photo: Tom Poleman/iHeartRadio via Instagram)

Hang in there, Taylor Nation 🙂

I know we’re all running really low on Swift power right now. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy and a bunch of cake-eating ninjas that are willing to settle for rice chips at this point, we heard about Taylor’s surprise appearance at the iHeartMedia Summit on February 2. Now someone explain to me how nobody in attendance took out their smartphone and recorded a freakin’ video! No? Not even one person? Everyone knows how to record a video on their phone, right? Am I asking for too much here?

Okey, guess everyone was lost in the moment. We’re going to let it slide, but hopefully there were a few Swifties in the audience. At least we have a picture via iHeartRadio’s President of Programming, Tom Poleman. However, I feel I have to do a little bit of rumor control here. Taylor was simple there to thank iHeartRadio for radio promotion, exposure and album sales. She announced nothing new. You can read the original post in Beautiful Ballad. I’m aware of the article on SPIN but here’s how you can tell they’re spinning an angle – their article ends with a question mark. Taylor has not announced any new music.

Nashville’s City Winery hosted a Musicians Corner fundraiser on February 5. Band Together 1989: Tribute to the Year in Music and Grammy Nominated album featured the likes of Matthew Perryman Jones, Caroline Glaser, and Zeke Duhon, Aubrey Peeples (Nashville’s Layla Grant), Griffin House, Morgan Myles, Olivia Lane, Alanna Royale, Korby Lenker, Heather Morgan, Marc Martel, Elise Davis, Angel Snow, Robby Hecht, Louisa Wendorff and Devin Dawson, Crystal Bowersox, Kris Allen, The Railers, Jill Andrews, John and Jacob, Jeffrey Austin (The Voice), and more.

Chris Willman, entertainment journalist who contributes for Billboard, the Hollywood Reporter, Yahoo and TV Guide was among the attendees and shared a few videos. Andrea Swift was also in attendance, but Taylor decided to sit this one out. It was for the best, you wouldn’t want her to take the spotlight off the performers, would you? (don’t answer that)

Heather Morgan’s cover of “I Wish You Would”

Watch on YouTube

Audrey Peeples’ cover of “All You Had To Do Was Stay”

Watch on YouTube

The Railers’ cover of “Blank Space”

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Jill Andrews’ cover of “Out of the Woods”

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Louisa Wendorff & Devin Dawson made a great mash-up cover of “Style” and “Blank Space”. You should listen to this one, it’s very good.

Watch on YouTube

Caroline Glaser’s cover of “Wildest Dreams”

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Korby Lenker’s cover of “Bad Blood”

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The evening concluded with a “Shake It Off” singalong leaded by Alanna Royale with everyone involved. You might want to check out this Periscope recording by Brian Mansfield.

(Source: blog.citywinery.com)
(Source: blog.citywinery.com)

We’re just a few days from the 58th Annual Grammy Awards! Seven more nominations and I hope the members of the Academy listened to 1989 at least once. Really, how could they not. Then again, I might be just a little tad biased about it.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • February 15: It’s the 58th Annual Grammy Awards! Taylor is nominated for Album of the Year for 1989, Record of the Year for “Blank Space”, Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Blank Space”, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Bad Blood”, Best Pop Vocal Album for 1989 and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood”.

(Sources: Beautiful BalladSPINChris Willman via YouTubeBrian Mansfield via Periscope)