The 2018 Grammy Awards had a couple of no-shows this year, but the one that was most widely noticed on social media was Taylor Swift. Although the singer wasn't in the running for any awards this year, she still managed to make her name known at the show this year. And if her name is even so much as acknowledged, you better believe that those singing her praises will be matched with an equal amount of hate. And the Grammys are no exception. The tweets about Taylor Swift at the Grammys are seriously roasting her despite the fact that she's not even there. And to be honest, they're pretty hilarious.
Even though she wasn't in attendance at the Grammys this year, Taylor Swift still managed to get some heat. And I'm really not surprised that Twitter still managed to throw some shade her way. (Because what else does Twitter do?) No, she was not nominated. But she was kind of recognized by proxy. The Grammy-nominated country act Little Big Town was up for two awards tonight: Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the song "Better Man" and Best Country Album for The Breaker.
Swift did manage to get a nomination this year, however. She wrote the song "Better Man," which Little Big Town was nominated for. Swift was also nominated for the song in the songwriting category for Best Country Song. The winner for this particular award was not televised, and Swift ended up losing to Chris Stapleton's "Broken Halos," written by Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton.
The fact that Swift was nominated may have been overlooked by everyone. But Jim Gaffigan (who was nominated for Best Comedy Album) mentioned that Swift actually wrote for Little Big Town, which caused the social media frenzy over her. As he was introducing the group's performance of "Better Man," he slipped in that Swift is credited as the songwriter. And that little interjection was quickly highlighted by Twitter users. Yes, Swift still managed to get a mention, despite the fact that her category was not televised and she was not in attendance.
And thus, the unofficial Taylor Swift Grammy roast began.
I mean, are we really surprised that Twitter ended up throwing a ton of shade at Taylor Swift? What else does Twitter do? Also, I mean, it is true that, generally, songwriters do not have their name credited prior to a performance of the song at the awards show. And Swift has a pretty big reputation (pun intended) as an attention seeker. The decision to mention Swift when introducing Little Big Town had one Twitter user suggesting that Swift herself might've made the request to get her credit in there. And if I'm being perfectly honest, I wouldn't be surprised.
If you're wondering why Swift wasn't nominated for her latest album Reputation, it's because the album was not in the running this year. And it's not because the album was snubbed, it just missed the deadline for being a contender for this year's awards. Per the Grammy website, "for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards, albums must be released between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017." Being that Swift's album was released on Nov. 10, it missed the mark by more than a month.
So yes, Swift was not at the 2018 Grammys. But if she decides to keep up with the snake theme (as her latest album suggests), it won't be surprising if she continues to find ways to slither into the awards show, even if she is not physically there. Regardless, one thing's for sure: Taylor Swift sure knows how to get people talking.