By Deepa Lakshmin
To everyone who fantasizes about running away to start a new life in a cabin surrounded by towering trees and babbling streams, Taylor Swiftâ€™s 2021 Grammys performance is for you. The 10-time Grammy winner â€” who has six more nods tonight (March 14), including nominations for Album of the Year and Song of the Year â€” transformed the stage at Los Angelesâ€™s Staples Center into an enchanted forest fit for a princess who never wants to be found.
Swift certainly looked the part as she sang â€œCardigan,â€ the lead single off 2020â€™s Folklore, in a patch of moss on a cabin rooftop. It would be very unlike Tay to stop there, of course. She just wrapped a busy year releasing two surprise albums and rerecording her old music, so she had to show off a few more of the hits sheâ€™d worked so hard on.
Enter coproducers Aaron Dressner and Jack Antonoff, who joined Swift for the rest of the three-song medley: Folkloreâ€™s â€œAugustâ€ and Evermoreâ€™s â€œWillow.â€ Performing under glowing lights, the trio looked straight out of Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions. (OK, fine, they were a little more dressed up this time around.)
So, if you had to choose, would you listen to Folklore or Evermore? This cozy Grammys performance proves itâ€™s impossible to pick one over the other. The LPs meld together so well, itâ€™s almost a disservice not to listen to them back to back. While youâ€™re at it, perhaps consider revisiting Fearless and Speak Now as well. Itâ€™s never too early to get excited for Tayâ€™s new versions.
Check out this cozy performance above, and keep your eyes here to see all the winners.