Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad have accomplished plenty in the history of popular music, and yet they never scored a single nomination from the Recording Academy until Tuesday night.
ABBA’s legacy as a global pop phenomenon is showing no sign of wavering as the release of the band’s first album Voyage blasts to No. 1 in UK earlier this November after four-decade hiatus. “I Still Have Faith in You”, the opening track off the album, is in the running for the race for Record of the Year up against young chart toppers such as Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver License”, Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” and Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever”, among others. ABBA received their only previous Grammy recognition in 2015 when they were inducted into the Recording Academy Hall of Fame for the 1976’s pop anthem “Dancing Queen.”
“I Still Have Faith in You” acknowledges the relationships and the bonds between the members of the Swedish quartet that have matured throughout their time apart. The song commences with verses “Through all these years that faith lives on, somehow,” then heading into the chorus “New spirit has arrived/ The joy and the sorrow/ We have a story and it survived” in an epic uplifting ballad instrumentation that brings back the classic nostalgic moment of “The Winner Takes It All.”
Considering that, despite the triumphant comeback, the album will be their last work together as a group (officially confirmed by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus), receiving a tiny golden gramophone on 2022 Grammy night would gloriously conclude their monumental musical odyssey.