Taylor Swift further solidified herself as music royalty on Monday, ranking in with seven Grammy Award nominations that include album of the year for her immensely popular “1989” and song of the year for “Blank Space,” which she cowrote with Max Martin and Shellback.
The nominations fall on the cusp of “1989” reaching the milestone of spending an entire year in the top 10 of album sales, (only the fifth album ever to do so). “1989” also stands as the quickest album to reach 5 million units sold — achieving the feat in a mere 36 weeks — and 2014’s best-selling album.
Although Swift regularly appears at the Grammy Awards, the 25-year-old hasn’t received a trophy since 2012 when her “Safe & Sound” took home the title of best song written for visual media. Prior to 2012, Swift’s Grammy acknowledgements include best country solo performance (“Mean”) and best country song (“Mean”) in 2011 and her phenomenal outcome at the 2009 show, which earned her accolades for best female country vocal performance (“White Horse”), best country song (“White Horse”), best country album (“Fearless”) and album of the year (“Fearless”).
This year, the star also received attention for her public skepticism of the way music streaming services like Spotify and and Apple Music grant compensation to the artists whose music they feature through their services. In November of last year Swift, famously removed her entire portfolio of work from Spotify — a service that she described as a “grand experiment.” In defense of her decision, Swift stated that she didn’t feel that Spotify fairly compensated the various creatives behind the music it streamed. Swift also shamed Apple Music for its policies on paying artists during the free three-month trial period that’s offered to new subscribers of the service.
Swift’s Grammy Award nominations also include record of the year, best pop vocal album, best pop solo performance, best pop duo/group performance (with Kendrick Lamar) and best music video.