Taylor Swift on how losing Album of the Year resulted in 1989

I was telling my mom this yesterday when I was putting together a package for this British fan-I was writing her notes and stuff, my mom was helping me wrap presents-and she goes, “Remember last year?” Last year Red was nominated for Album of the Year. You go into Grammy week thinking, I’m not going to win and I’m fine with that and I have enough happiness and success. And if I don’t win, I won’t be sad. And the everybody comes up to you at these functions and they go, “You know you’re going to win Album of the Year; you know you’re going to win Album of the Year; I voted for you for Album of the Year, you’re going to win; you’re going to win.” And so then you start getting hopeful. So we got to the awards and they’re announcing the winner for the Album of the Year-last award of the night-and the presenter says, “Album of the Year; RRRRRRRandom Access Memories, Daft punk! And, you know, you clap because you support other people and all that. And then I didn’t want to go to after-parties. I just wanted to lay in a blanket and eat an In-N-Out burger on my couch. I found myself wanting something that anyone would want, and I was really bummed. My backup singers texted me and said, “Hey, are you okay?” And I wrote, “I’m okay, but I’d love some company. So they come over, and I was like, “Hey, do you want to hear something I wrote this week?” And I played them the demo of “Welcome to New York.” And they look at me and go, “This is an ‘80s throwback song-you’re using all ‘80s sounds on this. And I was like, “Wow, I didn’t really think about that, but I’d been doing that on every song I’ve made for this record so far. I go to sleep, and I wake up in the middle of the night at three in the morning and sit up straight, like out of a movie, and go “1989. It’s called 1989.” That moment wouldn’t have happened if I had won Album of the Year. So many things would have been different if I hadn’t experience failure-the way I live my life and my resilience-and if I hadn’t been harshly criticized every step of the way. So that’s what gives me faith that even if you made a mistake in the past, or you didn’t do something quite as well as you wanted to, these are things we learn from-it’s not useless.


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