The era of Swift's folklore-evermore fantasy that was borne during one of the most difficult years on record was tonight brought to life via Swift's first folklore medley performance at the 2021 Grammys. As was anticipated, the escapist dreamworld Taylor concocted was full of whimsy, complete with a Hansel and Gretel-esque cottage, long grass and a dreamy, floaty gown. Of this performance, I can only say thank you, and that I would have appreciated a longer medley.
Across the five-minute performance, Swift transitioned between three tracks across her sister albums, folklore, and evermore, starting with folklore's lead single, "cardigan". It was a set that we've come to expect from Swift's 2020 transition from straight pop to an alternative indie sound of sorts, with Taylor's resident musical collaborators of this new era, The National's Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff also on stage (or, rather, cottage) alongside Swift.
An ethereal light performance of "august" followed, with the set rounded out with Taylor's ever-popular, "willow". It felt like a performance straight out of a fairytale. Swift now waits to see if her prolific contributions and huge successes over the past year are enough to land her the Grammy's biggest accolade, Album Of The Year. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.
Channel 10 are screening the GRAMMY Awards live on Monday 15 March from 11AM AEDT. You can watch in HD on TV or stream the show live, or later via catch-up, on 10Play. Catch up on Taylor Swift's performance on 10Play post-show.
Written by Alice Griffin, editor of this very site. Follow her on Twitter @_alicegriffin.
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