From the beginning of August when it was released, Taylor Swift’s “Lover” album looked like it would be Album of the Year at the Grammys. The best selling album of the year, “Lover” spawned hit singles like crazy and lots of good press. It was also very well reviewed.
But then the nominations came, and Swift was swiftly dispatched. She received only Pop Vocal and Song of the Year nominations. And Best Pop Vocal Album. But the big enchilada– Album of the Year– she was denied.
It didn’t seem like Swift would perform on the Grammys, especially since three of those awards are handed out during an untelevised afternoon session.
This wasn’t the way things were supposed to go. Swift had written a song for the movie musical, “Cats” and there was every expectation she’d get an Oscar nomination. That way she could appear on the Academy Awards two weeks after not being on the Grammys, and the problem of PR and saving face would be solved. But “Cats” bombed, the song disappeared, and so did that plan.
So now we wait to find out if she’ll do the Grammys after all. As it turns out, Swift’s Netflix documentary, “Miss Americana,” starts playing on January 30th, a week after its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. The publicity from a Grammy performance would be swell. And who’s to say she won’t win some or all of her categories at Music’s Biggest Night? “Lover” is definitely the Best Song of the Year.
Niall Horan took his Taylor Swift admiration to a new level with an epic, power ballad cover of Swift’s Grammy-nominated single “Lover” for Spotify. He turned it into a duet with labelmate Fletcher.
Horan kicks off the song with a faithful rendition of the original folky track. As soon as Fletcher’s verse kicks in, however, the song overflows with electric guitar and big, open drums. The track picks up from there, continuing to grow bigger as their voices join together — soon it becomes an arena rock anthem.
“Always love being asked to get involved in the Spotify Singles sessions. It’s nice to get out of the comfort zone and try something different,” Horan wrote in a statement. “When it came to deciding what song I was going to do, there was only one option for me. ‘Lover’ is one of my favorite songs I’ve heard in a long time and Taylor is a good friend. Let’s hope she likes it.”
On Tuesday, the country singer-songwriter released his rendition of Swift’s steamy Lover standout “False God,” which Hurd recently covered throughout his recent Platonic Tour.
“Thank you @taylorswift13 for the song clinic. My favorite song off of Lover. We covered this live on Platonic, it felt like a deep dive into someone else’s poetry,” Hurd, 33, wrote on Twitter.
Swift, 30, was quick to offer her stamp of approval, replying, “Love this so much” alongside the praying hands emoji.
This, of course, isn’t the first time “To a T” singer Hurd has covered Swift: Last year, he covered her reputation track “Dress” on tour. And it appears Swift has been a longtime fan of Hurd and his wife, Maren Morris. Over the years, she’s included songs from both (Hurd’s “Love in a Bar” and Morris’ “Sugar”) on public playlists. And in 2018, invited Morris out onstage to sing her hit “The Middle” during a stop on her massive reputation stadium tour.