If Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” beats Swift’s “Evermore” for album of the year at the Grammys, Swift will reportedly not be on the stage. Due to an interpolation on Rodrigo’s album, Swift was originally listed as a nominee for Rodrigo’s album, but the Recording Academy has now revised its list of nominees and removed several names that were previously listed. 

St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, and Jack Antonoff are also no longer nominated for being part of Rodrigo’s “Sour” songwriting team in the nominations list. Those two, along with Swift, wrote “Cruel Summer”, a song from the “Lover” album that Rodrigo and her camp claimed was an interpolation in the hit “Deja Vu”, despite only modest resemblance to Swift’s album track.

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When it came to removing the nominations, The Recording Academy stated on Sunday that it does not nominate the writers of interpolated songs, and that it did so in Rodrigo’s case only because a submission incorrectly listed Swift, Clark, and Antonoff as full co-writers.

“During the submission process, the Academy received credits from the label for the track ‘Deju Vu’,” the Academy said in a statement. “Last week, we received the correct credits from the label that recognize Annie Clark, Jack Antonoff and Taylor Swift as songwriters of an interpolation on the track ‘Deja Vu.’ In keeping with current Grammy guidelines, as songwriters of an interpolated track, Clark, Antonoff and Swift are not nominees in the album of the year category for ‘Sour’.”

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That doesn’t rule out the possibility of any of the three being nominated for a Grammy. As the Academy’s statement goes on to point out, “Antonoff and Swift are nominated in the category for Swift’s album, ‘Evermore’.” St. Vincent doesn’t appear in the album of the year category, but is nominated for best alternative album for her 2021 release, “Daddy’s Home.”

With the names of Swift, Clark, and Antonoff removed from the Grammys’ “Sour” credits, the album now has the shortest list of nominated songwriters among the 10 album of the year nominees: Rodrigo, Daniel Nigro, and Casey Smith are the only ones present. Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” album, which lists only her and her brother Finneas as writers, has a slight edge in minimalism. Swift’s “Evermore” album also has only five credited writers. 

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73 songwriters are, in contrast, nominated for Justin Bieber’s “Justice” album. And Kanye West’s “Donda”, which lists 77 Grammy-eligible songwriters, has Bieber’s album by a hair. The H.E.R. album has 51 writers nominated for a Grammy, while Doja Cat’s has only 35.

The Recording Academy is keeping a page for updates and corrections to its nominations. “This year, for the first time, we are making these updates public to ensure transparency and accessibility to the most up-to-date and accurate information,” as per a statement on the official webpage. Some of the changes involve adding new contributors who weren’t previously listed or simply correcting spelling errors (songwriter Ilsey Juber having previously been rendered as Isley Juber). However, in one case this week, it involved re-inscribing Linda Chorney as a nominee for best American roots song after her rightfully earned nomination was flagged for review and left off when the Grammy lineup was first revealed.