Taylor Swift's "Style" & "Wildest Dreams" Were Snubbed At The 2016 Grammys, But She's Still On A Roll
2015 has been an incredible year for Taylor Swift for so many reasons, and 2016 Grammy nominations, announced Monday, are no exception. Taylor Swift has been nominated for seven Grammys, and continues to rule the world of music. From her album 1989 which has sold over 5 million copies so far in the US alone, to her 1989 World Tour comprising 85 shows, getting so many Grammy nominations is the icing on an already delicious cake. But why does "Blank Space" dominate so many of the categories, while " Style" and "Wildest Dreams" got snubbed. Why are so many of Swift's songs nowhere to be seen?
"Blank Space" has swept the Grammys, being nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance. "Bad Blood" has an iconic video featuring a million famous people, and scored a nomination in the Best Music Video category, as well as one for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. However, despite both "Style" and "Wildest Dreams" having much-discussed videos, neither were nominated in any category.
Did the controversy surrounding the "Wildest Dreams" video overshadow its chances of nomination? When the video came out, there were claims of racism, and a colonial-looking video, which might have led to "Wildest Dreams" ruining its own Grammy chances. I'm not really surprised that "Wildest Dreams" isn't on the list. Anything that causes so much negative controversy, and throws into question the intentions of the artist and director, is a definite miss when it comes to awards glory. Even though the director spoke out about the controversy and clarified his intentions, it's unlikely the Grammys would want to celebrate something so questionable.
Meanwhile, it certainly seems strange that "Style" has received no nominations at all. Its stunning video, a departure from Swift's usual tongue-in-cheek pop music videos, was directed by her bestie Jaime King's husband Kyle Newman. Totally dreamy and arty, "Style" has a video that graduates Swift to another, more serious level. But the video and the song itself have also sadly been snubbed by the Grammys.
Still, Taylor Swift continues to dominate music, and getting seven nominations is pretty spectacular. She's sure to take home some trophies on the night, and they'll be most deserved considering the work she's put in touring and performing the past year. Congrats Swift!