Grammys: Taylor Swift wins Album of the Year for Folklore

Taylor Swift at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Pop powerhouse Taylor Swift won the Grammy for Album of the Year for Folklore, her first of two quarantine records - the third time she has won the coveted trophy, putting her in rarefied company.

Swift, 31, bested contenders including Post Malone, Coldplay, Dua Lipa, sister act Haim and the Black Pumas to win the award.

Only three other artistes have won Album of the Year three times - Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Frank Sinatra.

It has been a banner year for Swift, the one-time Grammy darling who surprised her legions of fans not once but twice during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, releasing Folklore over the summer and Evermore as an early holiday gift.

Folklore - which earned the star six Grammy nominations - saw the famously introspective Swift delve into songwriting from the perspective of others, storytelling in the vein of American musical folk storytellers including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and the late John Prine.

Sunday's big win marked a return to the Grammy spotlight for Swift, who appeared to have fallen out of grace with the Recording Academy in recent years.

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