Taylor Swift Opens 2016 Grammy Awards With ‘Out of the Woods’
Taylor Swift opened the 2016 Grammy Awards on Monday night (Feb. 15) with “Out of the Woods,” from her Album of the Year-nominated project, 1989.
Swift came out shining in a backless one-piece jumpsuit with the sides cut out as trees glimmered in the background, surrounding the stage for an animated performance of “Out of the Woods.” As the smoke engulfed her and her backing singers, she transported the Los Angeles Staples Center deep into the woods as she sang each note.
Shimmering like the trees behind her, Swift pranced down the steps with her new bob and into the audience to a small stage set up in the middle of the arena. It is here where she belted every line of the last verse and final chorus for a spirited performance.
“Hello and welcome to the 2016 Grammy Awards but right now its 1989,” she said. “Put your hands up!”
Swift was the biggest artist in country music before she decided to leave the genre, diving headlong into pop after several years of gradual crossover success. She released 1989 at the tail end of 2014, and not only did it not alienate her fans, it brought her droves of new ones, becoming the best-selling album of the year despite the fact that it was only available for just over a month before the sales year ended.
The album earned Swift multiple nominations in the 58th annual Grammy Awards; on top of her all-genre Album of the Year nod, the singer-songwriter was nominated for Song of the Year for “Blank Space.” She has already won two 2016 Grammys, including Best Music Video for “Bad Blood” and Best Pop Vocal Album for 1989.
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