Taylor Swift at the 2021 Grammys

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Album of the Year! Swift shows off her third AotY award while wearing a custom Oscar de la Renta dress.

Sailor Anderson, Staff Reporter

The 63rd annual Grammys took place on March 14th, 2021. The ‘Album of The Year’ was awarded to Folklore by Taylor Swift, which was well-deserving of the title.

Folklore is an alternative rock/indie folk-themed album. It consists of stories told through its songs and involves some characters that are hinted at in multiple songs. Folklore is Taylor Swift’s 8th studio album that was released on July 24th, 2020, as a surprise album. It quickly became the best-selling album of 2020.  Folklore is Taylor Swift’s 3rd ‘Album of The Year award’, previously awarded to Fearless in 2010 and 1989 in 2016.

At the Grammys, Taylor wore an elegant 3D flower printed dress by Oscar de la Renta. The performance featured a cabin-like stage to match the theme of Folklore. She performed a medley of three songs from the album: “Cardigan,” “August,” and “Willow.” Taylor started the performance laying on a grass roof performing “Cardigan” and then was joined by Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, who both helped write and produce Folklore, for “August” inside the cabin set. The performance of “Willow” was also to bring attention to Folklore’s sister album, Evermore. It was a brilliant performance that perfectly matched the mood and theming of Folklore.

When Taylor accepted her Album of the Year award on stage she brought up many of the creative directors of Folklore to share the award. Taylor thank thanked the important people in her life including her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, who is “the first person that I play every single song that I write.” This award was a big success for Taylor considering she was able to do this project herself with people she cared about, and during a global pandemic, no less.