Washington [US], March 15 (ANI): American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift made history by becoming the first woman to win the award for album of the year three times after ‘Folklore’ triumphed in that marquee category at the Grammy Awards 2021.
As per Variety, she previously took home the award for her sophomore album, ‘Fearless’ in 2010, and scored again in 2016 for her fifth album titled ‘1989’. ‘Folklore’ is her eighth album.
The only previous triple winners in the category to win as artists are Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder. Swift won in the category after having been shut out of nominations in the division for her two previous albums ‘Reputation’ and ‘Lover’.
‘Folklore’ beat out albums by Dua Lipa, Post Malone, Jhene Aiko, Black Pumas, Coldplay, Jacob Collier, and her friends in Haim to claim the top honour.
‘Folklore’ was just one of two original studio albums that Swift recorded and released under quarantine conditions in 2020 with the help of producer and co-writers Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff.
The ‘sister’ album to ‘Folklore’, a July 2020 release, was ‘Evermore’, which came out in December and gives her another shot at the award ceremony next year, as it falls into the eligibility period for the 2022 Grammys.
While accepting the award, the 31-year-old singer gave a sweet shout-out to her boyfriend of more than four years, Joe Alwyn, who co-wrote ‘Exile’ and ‘Betty’ with her on the album, as well as ‘Champagne Problems’, ‘Coney Island’ and ‘Evermore’ on its successor ‘Evermore’, reported People magazine.
“Joe is the first person that I play every single song that I write, and I had the best time writing songs with you in quarantine,” she said.
Swift went on to thank all of her “collaborators,” as well as “James Inez and Betty and their parents,” referencing close pals Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds and their three daughters. “They are the second and third people that I play every new song that I write,” she said.
She concluded her speech by thanking her fans. She said, “You guys met us in this imaginary world that we created, and we can’t tell you how honored we are forever.
Swift added, “Thank you so much and thank you to the Recording Academy. We will never forget you did this for us. Thank you so much.”
The star also received nominations in the song of the year and best pop solo performance categories for ‘Cardigan’, best pop duo/group performance for ‘Exile’ with Bon Iver, and best song written for visual media for ‘Beautiful Ghosts’.
Folklore featured tracks such as ‘My Tears Ricochet’, ‘Mirrorball’ and ‘The Last Great American Dynasty’.
The Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, were delayed owing to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The annual show shifted from its original January 31 broadcast to March 14.
The ceremony honours musical artists, compositions, and albums across 84 categories. Though usually held at the Staples Center, this year’s festivities will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (ANI)
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AKSHAY KUMAR TO PLAY LORD SHIVA IN ‘OH MY GOD 2’
MUMBAI: Superstar Akshay Kumar has started shooting for ‘Oh My God 2’, directed by Amit Rai, and he will essay the role of Lord Shiva in the film. On Saturday, Akshay took to Instagram and announced the project. He also shared the first poster of the film wherein he can be seen donning Lord Shiva’s avatar. “Karta kare na kar sake shiv kare so hoye. Need your blessings and wishes for #OMG2, our honest and humble attempt to reflect on an important social issue. May the eternal energy of Adiyogi bless us through this journey. Har Har Mahadev,” he captioned the post.
Apart from Akshay, the movie also features Yami Gautam and Pankaj Tripathi. Akshay also shared a glimpse from the film’s set in Ujjain. Sharing a clip, he wrote, “brahmaand ka praarambh jahaan, brahmaand ka prasthaan jahaan, aadi aur anant kaal ke svaamee , bhagavaan mahaakaal ke aashirvaad lene tapasviyon ki nigari Ujjain pahunche main aur mere mitra @pankajtripathi #OMG2.”
VICKY CONGRATULATES ‘KOOZHANGAL’ DIRECTORS FOR FILM’S OSCAR ENTRY
NEW DELHI: Vicky Kaushal congratulated Tamil film ‘Koozhangal’s’ producers, Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan, as their movie became India’s official entry to Oscars 2022. Taking to Instagram, Vicky wrote, “Congratulations Vignesh Sivan, Nayanthara, and Team #Koozhangal! Go for glory!”
On a related note, Vicky’s latest film ‘Sardar Udham’ along with Vidya Balan’s ‘Sherni’, Yogi Babu’s Tamil movie ‘Mandela’, and Martin Prakkat led Malayalam film ‘Nayattu’ were also shortlisted for India’s official entry to Oscars 2022. However, only Nayanthara and Vignesh’s ‘Koozhangal’ (Pebbles) could make the cut. Presented by Nayanthara and Vignesh’s Rowdy Pictures, it has been helmed by debutant director PS Vinothraj. The movie follows the journey of an alcoholic father and his son who are on their way to bringing back their wife-mother, who has left home. It stars actors Karuththadaiyaan and Chellapandi in the lead roles.
Elated about his film becoming India’s official entry for the 94th Academy Awards, Vignesh tweeted, “There’s a chance to hear this! And the Oscars goes to…. Two steps away from a dream come true moment in our lives. #Pebbles #Nayanthara @PsVinothraj @thisisysr @AmudhavanKar @Rowdy_Pictures Can’t be prouder, happier & content.”
JOHN CENA IN TALKS TO STAR IN ACTION-COMEDY FILM ‘FREELANCE’
WASHINGTON: Actor and former wrestler John Cena is currently in negotiations to star in Pierre Morel’s action-comedy film ‘Freelance’. It is due to start early next year in Colombia and will likely be among the in-demand packages at the virtual AFM, which gets underway on November Writer Jacob Lentz of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ fame will be making his feature writing debut. Cena is set to appear in ‘Fast and the Furious 10’, the sequel to Hulu’s ‘Vacation Friends’, and HBO Max’s ‘Suicide Squad’ spinoff series ‘The Peacemaker’ which will commence airing in January, as per Deadline.
RAJINIKANTH TO BE CONFERRED WITH DADASAHEB PHALKE AWARD
NEW DELHI: Megastar Rajinikanth will be conferred with the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award on 25 October. He will receive the prestigious award for his stupendous contribution to the world of Indian cinema. The news was first announced by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Prakash Javadekar in April, this year. Reminding fans about the same, the official Twitter account of Directorate of Film Festivals, India wrote, “@rajinikanth fondly called as Thalaiva by his fans, will receive the 51st #DadasahebPhalkeAward, India’s highest film honour, on 25 Oct.”
For the unversed, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019 should have been announced last year but was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, as were the National Film Awards for 2019.
The prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke, awarded for excellence in cinematic achievement, is the highest honour in film and is awarded by the government. Rajinikanth who is also the recipient of Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award of the Republic of India, has featured in Bollywood as well as South Indian films and has a humongous fan following.
PRIYANKA SHARES CONDOLENCES FOR CINEMATOGRAPHER ACCIDENTALLY KILLED BY ALEC
MUMBAI: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, on Saturday, shared her condolences for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who lost her life due to the prop gun firing incident on the set of ‘Rust’, which involved Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin.
During the production on ‘Rust’, Baldwin had fired what was described as a “prop firearm” at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico, resulting in the incident, where Hutchins died and the film’s director Joel Souza also got wounded. Priyanka took to her Twitter handle and shared a photo of the late cinematographer, and along with it shared a heartfelt note. She wrote, “I’m so shook. I cannot imagine what everyone involved in this tragedy is feeling. There are no words. No one should die on a film set. Period. My heart goes out to Halyna Hutchins family and everyone who knew her.”
Sources told a local newspaper that Baldwin was questioned by investigators following the incident. However, no charges have yet been filed in connection with the case, which is under investigation, Juan Rios, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said in a statement, reported Fox News.
TIGER, KRITI HEAD TO LONDON FOR ‘GANAPATH’ SHOOT
MUMBAI : Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon have headed to London to shoot Pooja Entertainment’s ‘Ganapath’. The two were all smiles as they stopped and posed for pictures to the paparazzi at the airport.
Produced by Vashu Bhagnani and Pooja Entertainment in association with Good Co., ‘Ganapath’ is being directed by Vikas Bahl. Touted to be an action-thriller, the film will be going on the floors soon.
‘Ganapath’ will see Tiger and Kriti sharing screen space again after their debut film ‘Heropanti’ and music video ‘Chal Wahan Jaate Hain’ Kriti will be seen in some high-octane action sequences and stunts for the film. ‘Ganapath’ will be released on 23 December 2022.
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