Taylor Swift is one of the most celebrated and successful songwriters not just of her time, but ever. She has shown again and again that she can pen a tune that cuts deep and that garners praise from critics the world over, then switch things up and craft a top 40, radio-ready pop smash. She has the talent and the experience, but somehow she’s never earned the biggest award possible for songwriters…though it may finally be coming her way in only a matter of months.
The 2021 Grammys may have wrapped just a few months ago, but believe it or not, the eligibility period for the next round of nominations is already more than halfway through. All songs and albums hoping to be up for a golden gramophone in 2022 need to be released between September 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 (the Recording Academy recently extended the period by one month), so there’s only a few months left to go. It’s likely that many of the titles that will go on to earn nods have already come out, and thus prediction season is already upon us.
When the nominees for the upcoming 2022 Grammys are named this coming December, there’s a good chance that Swift will hear hers called, as she has a number of tracks eligible, with one standing out as a likely nominee. The singer-songwriter’s “Willow,” which served as the lead single from her second surprise release Evermore, has a very good shot at being included in the group of eight tracks that will compete for the prize, and there’s no reason to bet against it…at least not yet.
“Willow” was a commercial success when it first arrived, debuting atop the Hot 100 in the same frame Evermore opened in first place on the Billboard 200. While it didn’t go on to live inside the top 10 for very long, the tune continued to perform well on a number of Billboard charts, and both critics and fans alike praised it for its composition and lyrical content.
Possibly helping Swift in her quest to finally claim Song of the Year for herself is the fact that she is largely considered overdue for the honor by many in the music industry. She currently holds the record for the most nominations among women in the history of the Grammys, but she’s never taken home that specific trophy. So far, Swift has seen her following five hit singles nominated for the prestigious award: “You Belong With Me,” “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space,” “Lover” and most recently “Cardigan,” which was expected by some to win in 2021.
At the moment, there don’t seem to be any major competitors that have a much better shot at beating “Willow,” though there is still plenty of time for big hits that are expertly written to emerge. This prize isn’t guaranteed to go to Swift next year, though her most recent No. 1 smash does appear to have a strong chance at not just competing for the gramophone, but at coming out on top.