The 60th GRAMMY Swiftlist: Are you watching?

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(Photo: Danny Clinch / GRAMMY)

I’d keep my expectations low, Taylor Nation.

I think nobody outside the fandom has noticed that Taylor is keeping her appearances down to a minimum. She did obliged to British Vogue’s January 2018 cover story. She also did appear in some festive holiday concerts but that’s it. She’s made really close to no interviews, no appearances in talk shows. Yes, she was Jimmy Fallon’s musical guest for his return show as a favour. And yes, she was the musical guest on SNL back in November 11, 2018. She’s mostly let the music do the talking.

And now… The 60th GRAMMYs happen tonight. Taylor Swift’s reputation is not eligible yet. The Blonde With The Sparkly Snake Microphone only has two nominations:

  • Best Song Written for Visual Media with Zayn for “I Don’t Want To Live Forever”.
  • Best Country Song as songwriter for “Better Man” as performed by Little Big Town.

Update: She didn’t win any of them. However, Little Big Town did get Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their performance of the song.

I really don’t count this as a snub. Look What You Made Me Do and …Ready For It? where the only tracks released as singles before the cutoff date of September 30, 2017. I don’t think they were strong enough offerings to be considered for GRAMMY nominations. Call It What You Want is what I would call (pun!) more of a contender but it was released in November.

Given that Taylor has only let the music do the talking, there’s very little chances we’ll see her tonight. Yes, I’d like to be proven wrong, but I think the odds of seeing Taylor randomly dancing in the first row are downright slim. Again, I’d love to be proven wrong here… Hint, hint.

Watching is completely voluntary, of course. According to Billboard, Jay-Z has the most nominations with eight: album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best rap album. He’s followed by Kendrick Lamar with seven and Bruno Mars with six. All three of them are nominated for album of the year. I love Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic although it would be really sweet for Lorde’s Melodrama to take it, albeit unlikely.

According to Variety, all the male nominees for album of the year were offered a solo spot to perform. Lorde was only offered a group performance of American Girl as a tribute to Tom Petty. That’s kind of awkward considering she’s from New Zealand. Of course, this is the typical unnamed source, so take this information with a grain of salt.

The 60th GRAMMYs happen tonight, January 28th live on CBS at 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific. James Corden is hosting.

(Sources: GRAMMY.comBillboard, Variety)

Tour Talk & News Update: new Stadium dates! Grammy Noms! Pre-sale dates!

Get off the chandelier, Taylor Nation. New Stadium dates are up!

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Remember all this information is subject to change, so keep checking TaylorSwift.com and Ticketmaster.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who could use have happy news, we’re thrilled to announce Taylor Swift will have two reasons to go to the Grammys on 2018. She’s got a nomination for Best Country Song for “Better Man” sung by Little Big Town and Best Song Written for Visual Media with Zayn for “I Don’t Want To Live Forever”.

Before you say but what about reputation? which you probably said already before clicking this page, Taylor’s acclaimed sixth studio album will not be eligible until next year (which means the Grammy Awards of 2019!). Fortunately we Swifties are patient, right? Riiiiight. Okey put the pitchforks down, I was kidding…

On the other hand, the result of boosting has been finally revealed. The way it works is the following. The better your boost, the earliest you get your pre-sale date. So, here’s the four possible dates:

Date Ticket Selection
Tue 12/5 The Best – Access to the greatest variety in the venue
Wed 12/6 Excellent – All price levels likely to have seats available
Thu 12/7 Good/Fair – Varied selection throughout most of the venue; may only have single seats in high-demand sections
Fri 12/8 Limited – Some selection in the upper and middle bowl; high-demand areas such as the floor may be sold out

We’ve compiled all the dates in next year’s Calendar if you want to see them, but the official calendar dates are in TaylorSwift.com.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • November 29: The pre-sale starts for the UK and Ireland Stadium Tours.
  • December 1: General onsale for the UK and Ireland Stadium Tours.
  • December 2: Taylor Swift is one of the acts for 997NOW’s POPTOPIA 2017 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. Tickets are on sale October 14.
  • December 5-8: The pre-sale starts for the first US Stadium Tours from Ticketmaster.

(Sources: Ticketmaster, TaylorSwift.com)

News Update: MTV EMA, PopTopia in San Jose & Jingle Bash in Chicago!

Hang in there Taylor Nation,

It’s been a rough year. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who tries to act locally and think globally but it’s a serious challenge sometimes, we’re surviving. I thought it was time for some actual good news.

November 12, 2017: Taylor’s nominated for the MTV EMA 2017. You can vote for Taylor Swift for Best Artist, Best Look, Best Pop, Biggest Fans, Best Video, and Best US Act. Taylor will be in full release mode, so if she wins anything chances are she’ll make a video appearance of some sort (this is just my guess, peeps).

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(Source: 997NOW.cbslocal.com)

December 2, 2017: Taylor Swift is one of the acts for 997NOW’s POPTOPIA 2017 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. Tickets are on sale October 14.

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(Source: b96.cbslocal.com)

December 7, 2017: Taylor Swift plays at B96’s Jingle Bash at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Tickets are on sale on October 7.

All the dates are subject to change, so please check the official listings at each site.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • October 7: The tickets go on sale for B96’s Jingle Bash in Chicago, IL on December 7.
  • October 14: The tickets go on sale for 997NOW’s POPTOPIA 2017 in San Jose, CA on December 2.
  • November 10: Reputation, the new album by Taylor Swift is released!

(Sources: TaylorSwift.com, 997NOW, B96)

The 2017 VMA Swiftlist: What you might want to know tonight

The 2017 VMAs are tonight, Taylor Nation.

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(Source: TaylorPictures.net)

And I find myself conflicted. To be honest, I think Taylor has outgrown MTV’s Video Music Awards and could’ve stopped attending several years ago. The show has been a magnet for controversy and high school level antics and producers are happy to play up scandals for ratings and social media attention.

The video release for “Look What You Made Me Do” will take place during the show. Odds are good it will be used to open to show, as it’s been done in the past. Other than the video and the single, Taylor Swift is nominated for best collaboration with Zayn Malik for “I Don’t Want To Live Forever” from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.

All that doesn’t look like good enough reasons for her to be there. I think it would add more weight to her eventual appearance in award shows if she’s selective. Now, for full disclosure! Here at the Swift Agency (hey, bet you haven’t heard that in a while), still just a guy who’s older than your average fan, we support the idea that Taylor should become super selective about her appearance. Keep the people guessing on whether you’re there or not. In other words, I am biased – I don’t think she should go.

There’s more to be said here, but I have a bad feeling about this video release. People have been nitpicking at everything already. I really don’t feel like doing rumor control, but sometimes all this picking apart just pisses me off.

Anyhow, on to the show. I don’t plan to watch it throughout. The video should appear on VEVO soon, and then we’ll talk.

Coming up in the Calendar:

August

  • August 27: The music video for “Look What You Made Me Do” is released at the MTV Video Music Awards 2017.

November

  • November 10: Reputation, the new album by Taylor Swift is released!

The 50th CMA Awards: Taylor Swift presents Garth Brooks with Entertainer of the Year!

A little advance warning would be nice, Taylor Nation.

(Photo: Erika Goldring/Filmmagic)
(Photo: Erika Goldring/Filmmagic)

I was watching the 50th Annual CMA Awards last night on a whim. It was a great show. The performers were going back to the old country classics. Even Beyonce’s appearance, accompanied by the Dixie Chicks, was a decent country performance. Hall of famers and past winners were singing their old hits and every now and then we’d see a clip from the CMA Awards from past years. I enjoyed the comedy chemistry of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Little Big Town performed their new single “Better Man”, and I thought that was as close as we’d get to have Taylor for this giant anniversary.

Sometime halfway into the show, we heard it. Taylor Swift was going to be presenting Entertainer of the Year. Flashbacks were now a very real thing. Was Taylor’s appearance unconfirmed until the last minute? Is that why it wasn’t possible to announce it with the promos? Regardless, we did get the very same Forever and Always Fearless One presenting the Entertainer of the Year award to Garth Brooks. Wish you would’ve seen it. Short and sweet, but she was warmly received.

Watch on YouTube

It was an all out tribute to classic Country while still honouring Country’s current best. I’m glad the Enchantress got to participate, even in a small but bright moment. Check out Maren Morris singing “My Church” if you can, she really seemed like the rising star last night. She won New Artist of the Year. Also, congratulations to Eric Church for winning Album of the Year for Mr. Misunderstood.

Coming up next, on next year’s calendar:

(Sources: 50th Annual CMA Awards)