One of the biggest surprises of Friday morning’s Grammy nominations announcement was the absence of Taylor Swift from the main categories, with the singer excluded from the record, song and album of the year races.
This wasn’t what any Grammys race-watchers were expecting to happen, considering that Swift has won more albums of the year over the past decade than any other artist except Adele, taking home the ceremony’s biggest award in 2010 for her “Fearless” album and again in 2016 for “1989.”
Her November 2017 album “Reputation” missed the cutoff for the 2018 Grammys, which aired on Jan. 28, and was instead eligible for the 2019 awards, which airs next year on Feb. 10. That seemed like a blessing in disguise for Swift, as the similarly Grammys-beloved Bruno Mars went on to sweep the record, song and album of the year categories at the 2018 awards. With “Reputation” competing in the 2019 Grammys instead, Swift seemed destined for an album of the year nomination, with her single “Delicate” predicted to land among the song and record of the year contenders.
Instead, “Reputation” earned only one nomination, for best pop vocal album, becoming Swift’s first album of her pop-music era not to receive an album of the year nod — with “Red” and “1989” getting that distinction, an award that “1989” would eventually win.