The Complete History of Taylor Swift at the Grammys
From buzzworthy performances to red carpet moments to that iconic album of the year speech
Topping the long list of things for which Taylor Swift has no chill? The Grammy Awards. But to be fair, the Grammys seem to have lost all chill for the singer as well. Taylor has 31 nominations to her name (including two pending 2018 nods) and 10 wins, making her one seriously decorated artist. She’s come a long way since her first appearance at the ceremony 10 (!) years ago. From ball gowns to iconic performances to that album of the year speech, here’s Taylor’s complete Grammys journey.
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If 2008 feels like it was a long time ago, that’s because it was. It was an era in which Taylor received her Grammy nomination (for best new artist) and was introducing the world to her girl-next-door image.
By the following year, she was already turning up the star power. First, there was this black gown, a departure from the pastels and neutrals she tended to favor on the red carpet.
And then, of course, there was her now-iconic duet of “Fifteen” with Miley Cyrus. (We’re still screaming, TBH.)
Watch for yourself and try not to be overcome with nostalgia.
By 2010, Taylor was back in the nomination game. (She scored eight nods that year!) Appropriately, she literally dazzled on the red carpet.
Taylor performed Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” alongside Stevie Nicks (though the performance got mixed reviews …. but more on that later).
She ended the night on a very high note, winning four Grammys, including her first album of the year trophy.
Taylor didn’t attend the 2011 Grammys, but came back in 2012 ready to win. She was nominated for three awards that year.
And she ended up winning two Grammys, both for her song “Mean.” Remember when viewers panned Taylor’s performance of “Rhiannon”? “Mean” is rumored to be a response to a particularly harsh critic. As with most of her songs, she’ll likely never confirm the inspiration — but she dropped a major hint in her acceptance speech for best country solo performance.
Here’s Taylor chilling with her pair of Grammys.
Oh, and she performed the song that scored her the wins. A Swift mic drop for the ages.
How do you top a year like 2012? No worries, Taylor had it covered in 2013. First step, slaying the red carpet.
Next, she gave the Grammys a delightfully over-the-top performance of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
Seriously, this was Red era AF.
And, of course, “Safe & Sound” scooped up a Grammy for best song written for visual media.
Taylor didn’t slow down in 2014. She scored four more nominations that year, including a nod for album of the year.
She also gave fans a jaw-dropping performance of “All Too Well” …
… complete with her famous interlude head bang.
While Taylor lost out on the coveted album of the year Grammy, she later said that the loss inspired the direction for her Red follow-up, 1989. “I was just thinking a lot before bed about what I had made so far for the next album that was to become 1989, but I didn’t know that then,” she told Grammy Pro. “We don’t make music so we can win a lot of awards, but you have to take your cues from somewhere if you’re going to continue to evolve.”
And evolve she did. In 2015, she scored three nominations (and walked the red carpet with her shorter, straighter hair).
While “Shake It Off” failed to snag an award, we had officially entered the 1989 era.
No amount of wins could have prepared us for Taylor’s 2016 Grammys appearance. She scored seven nominations for 1989, and before the show even started she had us buzzing with her newly shorn bob and that crop top moment.
Oh, and she casually opened up the show with “Out of the Woods.” (Hi, Jack Antonoff!)
But nothing would compare to what was arguably Taylor’s most iconic Grammys moment of all time: Her album of the year acceptance speech.
Taylor ended the night with three wins total, as one does.
We could be in for another iconic Swift night, as Taylor is nominated for two more Grammys in 2018. CBS will broadcast the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden, live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET.