The Recording Academy has belatedly awarded a Grammy to Joe Alwyn as a co-producer of Taylor Swift’s Folklore, which won album of the year at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on March 14. The winners were initially announced as Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner and Swift.
Alwyn co-produced six songs on Swift’s album – “Exile,” “Betty,” “My Tears Ricochet,” “August,” “This Is Me Trying” and “Illicit Affairs.” In addition, he co-wrote “Exile” and “Betty” under the pseudonym William Bowery.
Alwyn, 30, has been in a relationship with Swift since 2016.
This isn’t the first time that an artist’s romantic partner has won a Grammy for album of the year as a co-producer. Natalie Cole’s then-husband, Andre Fischer, won a Grammy for co-producing Unforgettable With Love, her 1991 album of the year winner, with David Foster and Tommy LiPuma. Fischer had been the drummer in the band Rufus.
A total of nine individuals won Grammys as a result of Folklore winning album of the year. In addition to Alwyn, Antonoff, Dessner and Swift, Grammys went to Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Jonathan Low and Laura Sisk as engineers/mixers, and Randy Merrill as mastering engineer.
The Academy occasionally adds credits after the nominations are announced. This year, Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy, and WizKid were added as artists on the “Brown Skin Girl,” which won for best music video. The credit change allowed Blue Ivy, age nine, to become the second-youngest winner in Grammy history. (Leah Peasall of The Peasall Sisters holds the record: She was just eight when she won album of the year as a featured artist on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.)