American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift won the Grammy Award 2021 in the Album of the Year category for ‘Folklore’ on Monday. With this, Taylor became the first woman and 4th artist to win the Grammys for the category three times. She also earned nominations in five other Grammy categories for the same album and its tracks.
‘Folklore’ was a quarantine surprise for Taylor’s fans. Upon its release on July 24, 2020, the superhit music collection was appreciated by the audience so much that it broke the Guinness World Record for the biggest opening day on Spotify for an album by a female act.
Notably, ‘Folklore’ does not fall in a typical pop genre as it has neo-classical, electro-folk and alternative rock styles. It is Taylor’s eighth studio album.
While unveiling the album last year, Taylor, 31, said she poured all of her whims, dreams, fears, and musings into it. “Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed,” she said on social media referring to the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Folklore’ contains 17 tracks- ‘The 1’, ‘Cardigan’, ‘The Last Great American Dynasty’, ‘Exile’, ‘My Tears Ricochet’, ‘Mirrorball’, ‘Seven’, ‘August’, ‘This Is Me Trying’, ‘Illicit Affairs’, ‘Invisible String’, ‘Mad Woman’, Epiphany’, ‘Betty’, ‘Peace’, Hoax’ and ‘The Lakes’. Chartbusters ‘Cardigan’ and ‘Exile’ received nods by the Grammy jury this year. ‘Cardigan’ served as the lead song of the music album.
Some of the ‘Folklore’s’ songs were released in collaboration with other musicians. While ‘Exile’ was co-written by and featured indie-folk band Bon Iver, Taylor’s “music hero” Aaron Dessner co-wrote and produced 11 of the 17 songs.
Till now, Taylor has won 11 Grammys, 32 American Music Awards, 23 Billboard Music Awards and is one of the best-selling music artists with sales of over 200 million records worldwide.