On the comparison of Lover to 2017's Reputation, Swift noted that her sixth album was "out of my wheelhouse." "I knew I was doing a thing. For the first time ever I was playing with the idea of a character and playing with the idea of sort of like, I kind of wrote the album a bit like a musical. I knew it would really come to life when I played it live."
"And I knew with [Lover] it was something that was almost a return to form in a lot of ways," she continued. "And in the way that I was just me as me singing about my life in the way that I actually experienced it. Not through a filter of these extremes. You know, like Reputation was like you put an extreme filter on everything- like if I was mad, I was extremely mad. If I was feeling defiant, I was extremely defiant. If I was feeling low, I was extremely low."
“A lot of that was like stuff I saw on a movie, like Shakespeare, like stuff I read mixed in with some like crush stuff that had happened in my life,” she continued. “And so as a writer you try to expand moments. You try to take a micro emotion or a feeling you had for two minutes in the day and you take that and you zoom into it and you try to explore it. And I was wondering if I could be in this place where I'm finally in a very healthy place in my life. I feel like my priorities are in order, done some growing up, feeling good about it. And I was like, you know what's that going to be like to write from that place? But I didn't even have long enough to think about that before I was writing this record.“
“Anybody who puts anything out into the world, if it has a bit of success now that comes with scrutiny,” she explained. “And that's something that I tell a lot of new artists and a lot of people who I ended up talking to who are like, ‘Hey, so you've been through a lot of things. I'm freaking out, I'm getting my first wave of bad press, what do I do?’ And I'm like, ‘Do not let anything stop you from making art. Just make things.’”
Around 2009, the year Taylor Swift was nominated for a whopping eight Grammy Awards for her sophomore album Fearless, the country singer-turned-pop star’s shocked expression whenever she won an award became so familiar to the public that it turned into a meme. The following January, Swift went on to win in four of those categories, including Album of the Year, making the then-21-year-old musician the youngest recipient of the award to this day.
For most other artists, it would be inaccurate to call three Grammy nominations in a single year a snub. But this is Swift we’re talking about, who, as of today, has managed to rack up 35 nominations before the age of 30. This year, Swift earned a Song of the Year nod for “Lover,” the title track to her latest album, but the LP itself was left out of the Album of the Year category. That’s despite it being yet another chart-topping album for the artist, generating three Top 10 singles and earning a warmer reception from critics than her previous album, 2017’s Reputation.
This actually tracks well with how the Recording Academy has approached Swift’s albums in the past: Aside from Fearless, Swift has been nominated for Album of the Year twice, for Red in 2014 and 1989 in 2016, which won that year. More often, though, her albums have ended up getting shuffled into the genre categories: Best Country Album for Fearless, Speak Now, and Red, and Best Pop Vocal Album for everything following.
Lover did get a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album this year, alongside records from Swift’s buddy Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, and Ariana Grande, the latter two of which were also nominated for Album of the Year. A Swift album has never won in its genre category unless being nominated for — and winning — Album of the Year, and Lover is up against some steep competition this year from Eilish and Grande. Still, it’s not an unfathomable win, and the same Academy coalition that pushed for 1989’s victory in 2016 could be won over by Lover’s heartfelt synth-pop sound.
Twenty nineteen undeniably had Taylor Swift written all over it in terms of music as the diva not only bagged innumerable accolades but also dropped some stellar new music.
Her track titled Lover from the album with the same name that was released earlier in August this year, received an overwhelming amount of praise and had echoed throughout the globe.
However, there was one lyric in the song that left all of us in a haze, and that includes Taylor’s ex-boyfriend John Mayer as well.
The Gravity singer while praising his former flame, had joked: “Love the song. I really like the song. I get a little chuckle because she says, ‘We can keep the Christmas lights up ‘til January.' And I go, ‘You're insane. Everyone keeps their Christmas lights up until January.'"
Addressing the confusion around the line “We could leave the Christmas lights up ’til January”, Taylor dished the details in a recent interview with The New York Times.
"I had toyed with the idea of being like, ‘We could leave the Christmas lights up ’til April,’” she said, adding that the point was to depict it as something crazy, but rather the opposite.
“It’s about how mundane it is. It’s about like, ‘We could put a rug over there. We could do wallpaper, or we could do paint'. When young adults go from living in their family to then combining their life with someone else, that’s actually like the most profound thing,” she said.
Taylor Swift was one of the big news makers at last week's Golden Globes ceremony due to her very public date with her boyfriend of three years, Joe Alwyn. Award season continues on tonight with the Critics' Choice Awards, and Swift's not there. Alwyn didn't walk the carpet either, even though his project Harriet has multiple nominations.
Why did Swift skip? She has no nominations or pressing reason to be there. She's not a presenter. By contrast, Swift had two reasons to be at the Globes last week: She was nominated for Best Original Song - Motion Picture (her song with Andrew Lloyd Webber for Cats, "Beautiful Ghosts," got the nod), and she also presented at that show. She did not win the Golden Globe, though.
The Critics' Choice Awards does have its own Best Song category, but the Critics' Choice Association chose not to recognize "Beautiful Ghosts." Its Best Song nominees are "Glasgow (No Place Like Home)" from Wild Rose, "(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman, "I’m Standing With You" from Breakthrough, "Into the Unknown" from Frozen II, "Speechless" from Aladdin, "Spirit " from The Lion King (which Beyoncé sings, so she may show up at the ceremony tonight), and "Stand Up" from Harriet.