Considering the massive year Taylor Swift’s 1989 has had, there was a strong possibility she’d sweep the three major pop categories at this year’s Grammys: Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album. As it turns out, the newly-bobbed star walked away with only one of those trophies, but she was thrilled nonetheless -- because the only thing better than winning an award yourself is having your BFF win one too.
The three pop-centric awards were announced prior to the Grammys telecast on Monday evening, with Swift’s 1989 winning Best Pop Vocal Album. Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff, who produced several 1989 tracks, accepted the trophy on Swift’s behalf and called her from the stage. “WHAT?!” she screamed into the phone, before asking him to tell James Taylor that she loves him.
Though Swift didn’t emerge victorious in the Best Pop Solo Performance category (for her delightfully self-deprecating “Blank Space”), her pal Ed Sheeran earned the award for his blue-eyed soul ballad “Thinking Out Loud,” which is also nominated for Record Of The Year. Like a true friend, Tay took to Twitter to congratulate him on his first-ever Grammy win.
Swift and Kendrick Lamar’s “Bad Blood” earned the pre-show prize for Best Music Video, but their collab was outshone by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ infectious hit “Uptown Funk” in the Best Pop/Duo Group Performance category. Ronson’s reaction? Utter disbelief.
All three winners will vie for the same award later tonight -- Swift’s “Blank Space,” Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” and Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” are all up for Record Of The Year, along with D’Angelo’s “Really Love” and The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.”