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Sorry, Taylor Swift shouldn’t win Album of the Year at the Grammys for Midnights

Sorry, Taylor Swift shouldn’t win Album of the Year at the Grammys for Midnights

I will not be handing in my Swiftie card though x

Taylor Swift has no business winning the award for the album of the year for Midnights at the 2024 Grammys.

Apparently, the odd predicators at Forbes disagree with me as Taylor,who has six nods in total, is on track to take the top prize on Sunday. She actually won it three times prior with much better offerings: Fearless in 2009, 1989 in 2015, and Folklore in 2021. Winning again for Midnights would be an outrage.

Before I go on, it feels relevant to disclaim that I’m a huge Swiftie, not some over-it hater. My Swiftie status is one of the few preteen identities I’ve not outgrown. My gratitude towards her and her body of work is quite embarrassing. However, despite this, I am a professional first. My judgment about the most important award in music needs to be clear and not clouded by something as silly as nostalgia.

Literally, any of the other nominees would be better winners than Midnights. If I had an official vote, like one that counted, I’d give my pick to Lana Del Rey’s Did You Know There’s A Tunnel Under Boulevard. Next up would be SOS by SZA or the record by Boygenius. Perhaps I’m too old to lean into my Olivia Rodrigo era fully, but GUTS was one of my favourite albums of 2023. Janelle Monae and Jon Batiste also wowed with World Music Radio and The Age of Pleasure. Endless Summer Vacation was a bit of a dud; however, that will definitely not win despite giving us Flowers.

Either way, I, a ride-or-die Taylor Swift fan who cried when I got an Eras Tour code, have only one opinion about the Grammys: Taylor Swift did not have the best album of last year. Winning for Anti-Hero as Record of The Year makes sense. It’s a perfect pop ditty. It perfectly does that sad lyrics and fun beat conceit, which her go-to producer Jack Anatonoff pioneered. It also has a sense of humour and tells a very Swiftian story.