Swift, 31, took the stage alongside Jack Antonoff and other members of her team while wearing a floral Oscar de la Renta mini-dress to accept the award. She gave a shoutout to everyone who worked with her on Folklore before delivering a nod to boyfriend Joe Alwyn, who she’s been dating since 2017.
“I want to thank all of my collaborators who are on the stage,” she said. “Joe, who is the first person I play every single song I write. … Thank you so much, the Recording Academy, we will never forget that you did this for us.”
Swift was nominated alongside Jhené Aiko for Chilombo, Coldplay for Everyday Life, Jacob Collier for Djesse Vol. 3, Haim for Women in Music Pt. III, Post Malone for Hollywood’s Bleeding and Dua Lipa for Future Nostalgia.
Ex-boyfriend Harry Styles was in the audience as she accepted her award. He cheered her on, just as she did earlier in the show when the former One Direction singer won Best Pop Solo Performance during the 63rd annual ceremony.
The “We’re Good” singer, who previously won for Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording in 2019, was the favorite to win in the category. She was also nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Pop Vocal Album of the Year, Pop Solo Performance of the Year and Best Pop Duo or Group Performance this year.
In 2020, Billie Eilish took home the award for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards. She beat Bon Iver, Lana Del Rey, Ariana Grande, H.E.R., Lil Nas X, Vampire Weekend and Lizzo in the category. At 18 years old, she became the youngest person to ever win Album of the Year. The singer also won Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.
Album of the Year is considered one of the big four categories at the Grammy Awards along with Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. This win on Sunday in the category marked Swift’s third win at the Grammys.
Swift, Lipa, Haim and Black Pumas — all nominees in the Album of the Year category — also performed during the show. They graced the stage along with Bad Bunny, Cardi B, BTS, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Eilish, Lil Baby, Harry Styles and more.