LOS ANGELES — While we all tune into the Grammy Awards for the musical performances and star power, the “Premiere Ceremony” held a few hours before the show in the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live, which neighbors the Staples Center, is the where 75 of the 83 Grammy categories are handed out.
At the start of the three-hour event, Taylor Swift earned her first award of the 58th annual ceremony for best pop vocal album.
Jack Antonoff, one of the producers of Swift’s “1989” album, called her from the podium. An excited Swift answered and upon hearing the news, proclaimed, “Is James Taylor there? Can somebody find James Taylor and tell him I love him?”
Taylor was also nominated in the category for his “Before This World” album.
Atlanta’s Susan Archie claimed her third career Grammy in the category of best boxed or special limited edition package. “The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32,” on which she worked with Jack White and Dean Blackwood. The trio won last year for “Volume One.”
Backstage, Archie, clad in a shimmery, sleeveless purple gown and clutching a champagne glass, said that this sequel was “a much harder feat to get made,” primarily because of release schedules.
As for where she’s going to put this third Grammy in her Candler Park home, Archie laughed and said, “I’m going to have to build a shelf!”
Also during the pre-show, former President Jimmy Carter won for “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety,” in the best spoken word category. Carter previously won in the same category in 2007 for “Our Endangered Values.”