Taylor Swift made history earlier this year when she won Album of the Year at the Grammys for her surprise release Folklore. The set was chosen as the champion, beating out fellow nominees like Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia, HAIM’s Women in Music Pt. III and Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding, to name just a few of the most high-profile releases that competed for the prize.
Swift joined a very select group of some of the most beloved and successful musicians of all time by winning the Album of the Year Grammy for a third time, and now she may already be headed toward another nomination in that competitive space.
The 2021 Grammys may have wrapped a little less than two months ago, but believe it or not, the eligibility cutoff date for the next round of nominations is already more than halfway through. All songs and albums hoping to be up for a golden gramophone in 2022 need to be released between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021, so there’s only about four months left to go. It’s likely that many of the titles that will go on to earn nods have already come out, and thus prediction season is already upon us.
The 2022 Grammys look like they might be another odd staging for the biggest honor in the music industry, as there don’t appear to be many obvious nominees. At least one Swift project is likely to be included when names are called out in less than a year, and it may already be something of a frontrunner.
Swift’s Evermore, which was released just a few months after Folklore (but in a different eligibility period), seems like a presumptive nominee. The set served as something of a follow-up to Folklore, and critics loved that so much, it makes sense they’d want to reward the sessions again. Evermore was a critical and commercial juggernaut on its own, and though it didn’t make quite as impressive an impact as its predecessor, it still stands out as one of the best-reviewed and most successful releases in this current eligibility run.
If Evermore does earn an Album of the Year nomination, it will mark Swift’s fifth nod in the field, and she’s only lost once (for her full-length Red). Swift’s re-recorded take on her sophomore set Fearless, now known as Fearless (Taylor’s Version), is also a contender, but it’s unlikely the singer-songwriter submits both for consideration. Fearless already took home this trophy more than a decade ago, and it’s not smart of the musician to pit two titles up against one another, as that would surely hurt her in the end.
Now, whether she could win Album of the Year at the Grammys in back-to-back years is a completely different argument, and it’s too early to declare her the champion without knowing what else is coming down the pipeline…but it wouldn’t be smart to count her out just yet.