Grammys 2021: Taylor Swift bags Album of the Year for ‘Folklore’, Internet says show ‘allergic to Black artists’

With this major win, the songstress became the first woman in history to win Album of the Year three times. She earlier won for album ‘1989’ in the year 2015 and ‘Fearless’ in 2010


                            Grammys 2021: Taylor Swift bags Album of the Year for ‘Folklore’, Internet says show ‘allergic to Black artists’
Taylor Swift accepts the Grammy Award for Album of the Year during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)
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With six nominations in her kitty, global pop star Taylor Swift took away one of the biggest awards at the 63rd edition of the Grammys with Album of the Year for ‘Folklore’. With this major win, the songstress became the first woman in history to win Album of the Year three times. She earlier won for album ‘1989’ in the year 2015 and ‘Fearless’ in 2010. Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff are also credited as recipients of Album of the Year for their work on ‘Folklore’.

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Usually, the Recording Academy keeps five nominations in the Album of the Year category but in 2019 they decided to expand it with eight nominations. For the 2021 Grammys, Swift locked horns with Jhené Aiko’s album ‘Chilombo’, Black Pumas’ ‘Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition)’, Coldplay’s  ‘Everyday Life’, Haim’s ‘Women in Music Pt. III’, Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’, Post Malone’s ‘Hollywood's Bleeding’ and Jacob Collier’s ‘Djesse Vol. 3’.

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This is Swift’s eleventh Grammy win. She had surprised dropped the album in December 2020 as a follow-up to her album ‘Evermore’. Swift was also up for Song of the Year for ‘Cardigan’, Pop Vocal Album for ‘Folklore’, Pop Duo/Group Performance for ‘Exile’, Pop Solo Performance for ‘Cardigan’ and Song Written for Visual Media for ‘Beautiful Ghosts’ but she could manage only one win this year.

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Laura Sisk, Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff, Jonathan Low and Aaron Dessner accept the Album of the Year award for ‘Folklore’ onstage during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

‘The Grammys is allergic to giving Black artist Album of the Year’

While accepting her speech, Swift said, "Mostly we just want to thank the fans. You guys met us in this imaginary world that we created, and we can’t tell you how honored we are forever by this. Thank you so much. And thank you to the Recording Academy. We will never forget that you did this for us.” As soon as Taylor Swift was announced as the winner of Album of the year, Swifties erupted with joy on Twitter but a few also slammed the Grammys for the same.

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One elated fan said, “Taylor soooooooooooooooooo deserves this win especially after being pushed aside 5x times tonight, but winning the GARGANTUAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR 3x now making her the only woman to do it makes up for those losses.  Congrats to Taylor !” However, another had a different opinion and posted, “The Grammys is allergic to giving black artist album of the year because who tf listens to taylor swift....”

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The next shared, “I feel like i’ve just won album of the year i’m ready to celebrate.” Another stated, “Folklore seriously deserved album of the year. it is one of my favorite albums ever!!! so so good.” One added, “Should be After Hours but congrats tay.” One user concluded , “I was so worried she might go home with nothing, I'm really glad I was wrong.” 

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Taylor Swift and Aaron Dessner accept the Album of the Year award for ‘Folklore’ onstage during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

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Beyonce scored nine nominations for this year’s Grammys which is the most by any artist this year followed by Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch with six nods. Trevor Noah hosted the coveted award ceremony for the very first time. The ceremony was originally scheduled for January 31, 2021, but was later pushed to March 14, 2021, due to a spike in Covid-19 cases.

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The 2021 GRAMMY Awards show, officially known as the 63rd GRAMMY Awards aired at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on CBS and Recording Academy’s official Facebook page.