Why Taylor Swift Is Skipping the Critics’ Choice Awards in 2020

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Taylor Swift was one of the big news makers at last week’s Golden Globes ceremony due to her very public date with her boyfriend of three years, Joe Alwyn. Award season continues on tonight with the Critics’ Choice Awards, and Swift’s not there. Alwyn didn’t walk the carpet either, even though his project Harriet has multiple nominations.

Why did Swift skip? She has no nominations or pressing reason to be there. She’s not a presenter. By contrast, Swift had two reasons to be at the Globes last week: She was nominated for Best Original Song – Motion Picture (her song with Andrew Lloyd Webber for Cats, “Beautiful Ghosts,” got the nod), and she also presented at that show. She did not win the Golden Globe, though.

The Critics’ Choice Awards does have its own Best Song category, but the Critics’ Choice Association chose not to recognize “Beautiful Ghosts.” Its Best Song nominees are “Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” from Wild Rose, “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman, “I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough, “Into the Unknown” from Frozen II, “Speechless” from Aladdin, “Spirit ” from The Lion King (which Beyoncé sings, so she may show up at the ceremony tonight), and “Stand Up” from Harriet.

Swift was ecstatic about “Beautiful Ghosts” getting its Golden Globes nomination back in December. She wrote on her Instagram, “I woke up today to the news that Beautiful Ghosts is nominated for a Golden Globe – it’s so cool that one of the most fun, fulfilling creative experiences I’ve ever had is being honored in this way by the HFPA. I ended up spending many days on set watching the other performers do their scenes. Watching the character Victoria, played by @frankiegoestohayward inspired me so much and Beautiful Ghosts was the result. Congrats to my co-writer and buddy 4 life Andrew Lloyd Webber. This is just purrfect. ?”

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