Taylor Swift Reportedly Skipped Grammys To Be W/ Her Sick Mom, Other Reports Claim It Was Because She Wasn’t Guaranteed A Win

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Taylor Swift Reportedly Skipped Grammys To Be W/ Her Sick Mom, Other Reports Claim It Was Because She Wasn’t Guaranteed A Win

Taylor Swift was noticeably MIA for the 2020 Grammy Awards Sunday (Jan. 26). While she was nominated for three awards (Song of the Year for “Lover”, Pop Vocal Album for Lover and Pop Solo Performance for “You Need To Calm Down”), she decided to skip the awards this year. And there are conflicting reports on why.

It was previously reported that she wasn’t there because it wasn’t a sure thing that she would win an award (she didn’t take home any this year). An insider told Page Six Wednesday (Jan. 30),

“[Her team] called and wanted to be assured that she would win the Grammy. And while it wasn’t an explicit demand, they certainly were fishing to find out if Taylor was a winner. It was understood in the conversation that if she’s not winning, she’s not coming to the Grammys.”

A second source added,

“It’s widely known in the industry that [Swift’s team] called to find out if she was getting a Grammy, they wouldn’t tell her, so she didn’t go. It’s not uncommon [for an artist] to want to know. And everyone knows Taylor loves to win, win, win.”

But a rep for the singer laughed off the speculation and said,

“I am on the record: These statements by anonymous, unidentified ‘sources’ are absolutely 100 percent false and laughable. She just didn’t go to the Grammys. You guys need to calm down.”

While the representative didn’t explain why she opted out of the ceremony, other reports say it was to be with her mother, Andrea Swift, 62, who Taylor Swift recently said was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

A new source told Us Weekly, 

“Taylor was at Sundance [Film Festival in Utah] a few days before the Grammys for the premiere of her documentary. She was never confirmed to perform at the Grammys. She was not going to be in attendance at the Grammys because she was spending time with her family and her mother, who has a brain tumor and whose cancer has returned.”

Taylor Swift revealed her mom’s cancer returned in a sit-down with Variety. 

“Everyone loves their mom, everyone’s got an important mom. But for me, she’s really the guiding force. Almost every decision I make, I talk to her about it first. So obviously it was a really big deal to ever speak about her illness,” the Grammy winner explained. “The symptoms of what a person goes through when they have a brain tumor is nothing like what we’ve ever been through with her cancer before. So it’s just been a really hard time for us as a family.”

She also discussed it on her Miss Americana documentary that premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was released on Netflix Friday (Jan. 31).

Another insider said the firing of Grammys CEO Deborah Dugan was also a factor. Deborah Dugan was previously let go for allegedly

“for bringing up issues regarding unlawful gender discrimination, sexual harassment, unlawful retaliation and unequal pay.”

The Recording Academy also released a statement on Swift’s absence. It spoke on speculation that Swift’s team called to see if she would win.

“The Recording Academy is unaware of such a conversation ever taking place. It is also totally inconsistent with the interactions we’ve had with Taylor over the years.”

Why do you think Taylor Swift opted out of the Grammy Awards this year? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Authored by: Char Patterson