Taylor Swift is used to making awards-show history. The “Anti-Hero” singer made history in 2021 by becoming the first female to win Album of the Year three times. In August of last year, she made history by becoming the first performer in VMA history to win the award for Video of the Year three times. And in November, she surpassed her previous record of 34 American Music Awards wins with a whopping 40.
Now, the 33-year-old pop diva is creating a new kind of history at the 2023 Grammy Awards, which will be held at the Crypo.com Arena on Sunday night. Swift made history when she was nominated for Song of the Year for “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film), which was the first time an artist had been recognized in the category after reworking an older song.
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The initial version of “All Too Well,” which appeared on Swift’s “Red” album in 2012, clocked in at just five minutes. However, for 2021’s “Red (Taylor’s Version),” Swift re-recorded this take, extending the song to its full ten minutes with new lyrics and extra-musical elements.
The split with Jake Gyllenhaal who is nine years older than her is widely assumed to be the inspiration for the song. And I, left my scarf at your sister’s place, and you still have it in your drawer even now, she sings. It’s commendable that Swift re-recorded her songs after being prevented from buying the master, but this is shaky ground when it comes to the Song of the Year prize (which, oddly, the singer has never won in five previous nominations).
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— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 5, 2023
When covers can’t be submitted for Song of the Year consideration, it creates a problematic precedent. For example, Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” and “I Will Always Love You” and Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable” duet with Nat King Cole were already ruled out for Song of the Year because they won Record of the Year.
Isn’t it true that in “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film),” Swift essentially covers herself?
And even if Swift is skirting the remake requirement with those extra lyrics, it still runs against the Grammys’ stated policy of not taking into account tracks originally published before the eligibility period in question.
In conclusion, “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Version)” is not a brand new song in any sense. If Swift wins Song of the Year on Sunday, even more heads will turn. Nonetheless, this in no way diminishes the accomplishment of the eleven-time Grammy winner.
I mean, come on, it was a stroke of genius on their part. However, the Grammys could be better off if Swift doesn’t win her first Song of the Year gramophone until next year when “Anti-Hero” is sure to be a frontrunner.