The 60th GRAMMY Swiftlist: Are you watching?

(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)

1989 World Tour Washington DC: Lorde! Jason Derulo! Rain came pouring down

(Source: 13 Management via Twitter)
(Source: 13 Management via Twitter)

That’s when I could finally breathe, Taylor Nation.

I’ve said this before but I prefer smaller venues. The stadiums are great, there’s more people, more exposure and more than likely you’re going to get bigger guests. Washington DC got Lorde and Jason Derulo. In a smaller venue, chances are you’re a bit closer to your artist. The other disadvantage for huge venues is the elements. Wind and rain can be a factor when we’re talking an open stadium.

The 1989 World Tour at Nationals Park in Washington DC had a bit of a rain issue. For the first night on Monday July 13, the catwalk lifts were affected leaving our Fearless leader stuck until the problem was repaired. For the second night on Tuesday July 14, prevention was in order. HAIM played a shorter set. A couple of songs had to be cut from Taylor’s setlist (collective gasp). That can’t be helped. It sucks and I hope you understand that Taylor and her team decide on this things primarily for the safety of the audience.

Lorde and Taylor sang Royals, while with Jason DeRulo they sang Want To Want Me.

Up next, the 1989 World Tour takes off to Chicago, Illinois which is one short flight from here and I could totally go. I can’t be that greedy though, I just had to sell my tickets to Nashville since I can’t afford hotel or airfare. That does mean two more fans will get to see the 1989 World Tour 🙂

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: 13 Management via Twitter)

Live With Kelly and Michael, Lorde and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve promo!

And that’s what they don’t see, Taylor Nation.

Taylor was on Live with Kelly and Michael which is recorded live but not quite a live broadcast.  The future Selina Kyle (yes, I know not everyone gets that one) talked about her album, how she won’t get a third cat, her upcoming 25th birthday and this is the part where I shut up and put the video on.

Watch on YouTube

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know that I like to come up with names for the Sparkly Dressed aka T-Swizzle aka Taylor Swift. With all the new lyric material that came with 1989 I’ve been a little overwhelmed, but I’m working on it!

Here’s a bonus clip for you. Lorde talks to Jimmy Fallon about how she became Taylor’s manager. Just for kidding. No, for real she is. No, it’s a joke. Figure it out yourself 😉

Watch on YouTube

And in case you haven’t heard, Taylor headlines New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest and here’s the promo!

Watch on YouTube

Taylor will be at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball in Los Angeles, California on December 5, Capital FM’s Jingle Ball in London, UK on December 7 and z100’s Jingle Ball 2014 in New York City, New York on December 12. The Sparkly Dressed has been nominated for three People Choice AwardsFavorite Female ArtistFavorite Pop Artist and Favorite Song for “Shake It Off”. The show airs on January 7. You can vote here.

Coming up on the Calendar!

(Sources: Live with Kelly and MichaelThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonTaylorSwiftArchiveII)

The Rose Garden over Madison Square: Taylor’s garden birthday party!

She had the best day ever, Taylor Nation.

The Enchantress was all smiles as she celebrated her birthday party on December 13, Australia time surrounded by roses. Forget the other celebrities that go clubbing, there’s nothing like a sunny and bright day on a garden to lift the spirits of a the Taylor team as the familiar faces of The Agency can be seen on the background too. Even Lorde, the singer from New Zealand, was on hand. I can’t blame her, you don’t become friends with Taylor casually – you become best friends instantly.

Update: According to Country Weekly, the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar made a quiet donation of 100,000 USD to the Nashville Symphony. They decided to tweet about it and let the world know that the Queen of Sparks cares about music in ALL its forms.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • January 8, 2014: The 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards will be broadcast LIVE from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT), on CBS.

(Sources: Taylor Swift via Instagram, Country Weekly)