‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Katie Couric Congratulates Taylor Swift on Grammy Win, ‘Our House Was Blasting Folklore’

by Josh Lanier

Katie Couric’s neighbors may rejoice. The journalist and current interim Jeopardy! host congratulated Taylor Swift for her Album of the Year Grammy late Sunday in a tweet where she admitted to blaring the album around her home.

Apparently, the Courics are all Swifties. T-Swizzle has not responded to Couric’s comments, but it’s a gigantic accomplishment. Swift is the first female artist ever to win three Best Albums of the Year, according to ABC. She won for Fearless in 2010, again in 2015 for 1989, and she grabbed the honor this year for Folklore.

Swift beat out Chilombo by Jhené Aiko; Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) by Black Pumas; Everyday Life by Coldplay; Djesse Vol. 3 by Jacob Collier; Women In Music Pt. III by HAIM; Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone. Couric did not report on the amount of airplay any of these albums got at her home over the past year. Though, HAIM and Dua Lipa would be the safe money.

Some of the more notable Grammy wins included:

  • Best Country Album: Wildcard by Miranda Lambert
  • Best Country Song: “Crowded Table” by Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby & Lori McKenna
  • Best County Performance: “When My Amy Prays” by Vince Gill
  • Best County Duo/Group: “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
  • Record of the Year: Billie Eilish — Everything I Wanted”

Beyoncé walked away with her 28th career Grammy Sunday, giving her more wins than any female in history.

Check out the full list of nominees and winners at NPR.

Lionel Richie also performed a moving tribute to Kenny Rogers during the broadcast. He sang The Gambler’s “Lady.” It’s been a difficult year, and Rogers’ death feels decades ago even though it was in 2020. But it was nice to hear a crowd cheer his music again.

Katie Couric Helps Raise How Much in First Week?

Katie Couric has made it her life’s mission to fight cancer. Her late husband, Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 1998, and since then she’s worked hard to raise money and awareness of the disease. Shortly after his death, she had a colonoscopy live on air to normalize the procedure. It worked, and doctors called it “The Katie Couric Effect.” Patients requesting and receiving colonoscopies increased more than 20 percent after the broadcast.

So, when she was asked to guest host Jeopardy! shortly after Alex Trebek died of pancreatic cancer, she stepped up and used her time behind the lectern to raise some money for Stand Up to Cancer. She’s a member on the board.

After her first week behind the podium, the show will donate $112,503 for the organization. Furthermore, that number will continue to grow as Couric continues her hosting gig until Mar. 19.

“I think as COVID begins to lift, people really need to talk to their doctors about screening,” she says. “I think that, unfortunately, because so many people were not screened over the past year or so, for obvious reasons, that there will be, unfortunately, many more cancer [cases] and the mortality rate is likely to increase.”

Rock on, Katie Kouric.