Congratulations to Taylor! She is nominated for ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Best County Duo/Group Performance’ (for Highway Don’t Care), ‘Best Country Song’ (Begin Again), and ‘Best Country Album’.
Jay Z is leading the way in terms of this year’s Grammy nominations, with the rapper up for a whopping nine awards.
Other nominees include the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams, who all bagged an impressive seven nominations.
Taylor Swift, Lorde, Bruno Mars and Daft Punk are also up for awards at this year’s bash.
Katy Perry and Swift were amongst the performers at last night’s nominations gig, with the ‘Prism’ singer performing her set in Canada while Taylor, who is still on her mammoth ‘Red’ tour, showcasing her section of the concert from Australia.
The two sets were streamed live to the audience at the Nokia Theatre and TV viewers at home.
The awards ceremony will be held on January 26.
I’ve added over 500 screencaps of Taylor hosting the Grammy Nominations last week. Enjoy!
I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. As you know, Taylor attended and performed at the GRAMMY Nominations Live Concert on Wednesday. The pictures have been uploaded to the gallery. As always, she looks stunning. Enjoy the pictures.
December 5th – The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live – Inside
IHeartTaylor congratulates Taylor on being nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live:
It goes without saying, but singer Taylor Swift has a long way to go before she dethrones anyone in hip-hop.
For one thing, unless her love of sugar somehow qualifies her, she just doesn’t have that gritty “from the streets” quality. For another, Swift’s beatboxing skills are atrocious.
In a performance at the 2012 Grammy Nominations Concert, Taylor Swift joined LL Cool J on stage for what The Daily Beast politely described as an “unlikely collaboration.”
Swift cheerfully attempts to throw down some beats (“This is going to be terrible,” she says.) while LL layers over it with a gangster-inspired rendition of Swifts hit single “Mean.”
How’d it turn out? Let’s just say we agree with her when she noted afterward, “I’m 100 percent sure we’re not going to be nominated for that collaboration next year.”
“It’s highly unlikely,” responded LL.
WATCH the performance, below:
Her song Mean is about being bullied.
But revenge was sweet for Taylor Swift last night, as the 22-year-old singer won not one, but two Grammys at last night’s coveted awards.
The singer scooped both the Best Country Song and Best Country Performance prizes for the Platinum-selling track.
‘There’s really no feeling quite like writing a song about someone who’s completely mean to you and completely hates you, and then winning a Grammy for it,’ Taylor said as she collected her award.
Her album Speak Now, which includes the payback anthem, was also nominated for Best Country Album.
Taylor arrived at the awards wearing a stunning glittering cheongsam-inspired golden gown featuring a high neck cut and caplet sleeves.
The beautiful blonde star wore her hair swept up in a low-key yet chic updo and a glamorous application of make-up.
But for her performance of Mean, the singer went back to her country roots, slipping on a loose vintage floral dress with a petticoat peeking out from underneath and brown lace-up shoes.
Joined by a bluegrass band, Taylor strum an electric banjo guitar bearing her lucky number 13 on the front.
The instrument also had the words ‘Someday… I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me,’ scrawled across the front, lyrics from Mean.
The singer even tweaked the words of the song for her performance, singing ‘some day, i’ll be singing this at the grammys and all you’re ever gonna be is mean!’ in the chorus, which was met with cheers from the audience.
‘Mean’ is Taylor’s take on being bullied.
‘There’s constructive criticism, there’s professional criticism, and then there’s just being mean,’ Taylor has said of the song.
‘And there’s a line that you cross when you just start to attack everything about a person
‘This happens no matter what you do, no matter how old you are, no matter what your job is, no matter what your place is in life, there’s always gonna be someone who’s just mean to you.
‘And dealing with that is all that you can control, how you handle it. This song is about how I handle it.’
The track has a distinct bluegrass sound with banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and harmonies all featured throughout.
Taylor has never said she has been bullied herself, but she’s known not to shy away from writing songs about people she feels have betrayed her or people that have been in her life.
Her 2010 hit song Back To December was widely rumoured to be based on her relationship with Twilight star Taylor Lautner.
Lautner and Swift dated for a few months in 2009 before breaking up that December due to constant fighting and disagreements.
The tune appeared to an open apology to the actor.
‘I’ve never felt the need to apologize in a song before, but in the last two years I’ve experienced a lot, [including] a lot of different kinds of learning lessons,’ she told MTV last year.
‘And sometimes you learn a lesson too late and at that point you need to apologize because you were careless.
‘This is about a person who was incredible to me, just perfect to me in a relationship. And I was really careless with him.’
A couple of days ago I uploaded a behind the scenes photo from Taylor’s shoot for the Grammy’s. Well here’s the HQ versions of the actual photoshoot. Enjoy!
Producers for the Grammy Awards have begun unveiling performers for its Feb. 12 telecast, starting with a pair of album of the year nominees — rock act the Foo Fighters and R&B chameleon Bruno Mars. Also named among the initial crop of performers were country star Jason Aldean, former “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson, rapper Nicki Minaj and country-influenced pop star Taylor Swift, who no doubt acted with wide-eyed surprise at merely being asked to appear at the ceremony.
To maximize media attention, the Recording Academy will roll out the Grammy performing litter throughout the weeks leading up to the ceremony. It is typical for all album of the year nominees to perform, so it’s all but guaranteed that future news releases will announce performances from Rihanna and Lady Gaga. The only question mark among this year’s top nominees is whether or not soul singer Adele will be cleared by doctors to perform.
When it comes to who will or won’t perform, perhaps the most tantalizing questions remain not in whether reunited acts such as the Beach Boys or Van Halen will appear — likely with younger acts with whom they have little in common (ahem, Swift and Stevie Nicks) — but is once again WWKWD (What Will Kanye West Do?).
The famed rapper has already criticized the Grammy Awards as “illogical,” and while he has the most nominations with seven, his honors are predominantly in rap categories. West, however, is as unpredictable of a performer as he is a social network user, and his Grammy performances, including a glow-in-the-dark appearance with Daft Punk and a marching band blow-out for “Gold Digger,” have been some of the most riveting the award show has seen in recent years.
Booking Adele, if she’s given the green-light to sing, is a no-brainer, but the outspoken West may be seen as something of a risk, especially when one takes into account his multiple rants at not receiving an album of the year prize.
In 2005, for instance, West told MTV he would have a “problem” if he didn’t win album of the year, and he has long been preoccupied with award show acceptance, including a backstage rant at the American Music Awards for not winning best new artist. So in a Grammy year when the only real drama is related to a pop star’s vocal cord health, it’s once again West who stands the most chance of giving viewers something to discuss on the morning of Feb. 13 — if he’s invited to perform.
The Grammys are determined by about 13,000 voting members. The eligibility period for nominated recordings was Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011. The 2011 awards will be televised on CBS from Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Taylor has been nominated for three GRAMMY awards!
Soon after nomination list for the 54th annual Grammy Awards was announced, Twitter was flooded with celebratory messages from the nominees. The likes of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Rihanna shared the joy of making into the list on the micro-blogging site.
21-year-old Swift excitedly informed her followers by writing in all-capital letters, “3 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS !! :)” The blonde cutie is vying for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song (“Mean”), and competing for Best Country Album (“Speak Now”).
Perry, meanwhile, tweeted, “I am so proud of my little Firework. Thank you.” Indeed, the wife of British funnyman Russell Brand has the inspiring song to thank to for landing two coveted nods this year. She is up for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
As for Riri, she posted, “#GRAMMYS2012 5 nominations!!! This year keeps getting better and better!#LOUD up 4 Album of the year is so #MAJAH.” In the top category, she faces off Adele, Foo Fighters, Lady GaGa and Bruno Mars. “Congratulations to all the other nominees!” she wrote.
GaGa expressed her gratitude as well. “I’m humbled + honored to have a Trinity of nominations from the Grammy’s, including Album of the Year for Born This Way. I love u so much,” she wrote. “#PawsUp for our album’s being nominated three years in a row. I could never do it without you. Together, we were #BornToBeBrave.”
The other stars who took to Twitter to celebrate the nominations included Bon Iver, Melanie Fiona, Questlove, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Wiz Khalifa, Pink, The Band Perry and Bruno Mars.
Iver tweeted, “4 Grammy noms! Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Alt. Music Album. Thanks, y’all and @TheGRAMMYs!” Fiona exclaimed, “Holy S**t!!! I’m nominated for 2 Grammy’s this year!!!! S/O to @CeeLoGreen @SirJackSplash for the collab! LOVE TO YOU THE FANS!!! xo”
The drummer of The Roots wrote, “Whoo Hooo! @theroots & @MsBettyWright got a nomination for best traditional rnb performance for ‘Surrender’!” Lady A also couldn’t contain their excitement, “We are so excited about our Grammy nomination! Congrats to all the nominees! Incredible. Thank you!!”
Shelton posted, “Just found that I’m the first EVER person laying in bed (drunk) in Tishomingo Oklahoma with 3 Grammy nominations!!!” The Maroon 5 frontman sent a message, “Nominated for a grammy!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!” Khalifa wrote, “Im F**kin Nominated For 2 Grammys Yo!”
Pink expressed her gratitude, “ha! honestly so surprised and grateful for the Grammy nom for ‘Perfect’. such a treat. thanks for the love and support everyone. Blessed.” The Band Perry humbly tweeted, “Wow!!! A Grammy nomination … we feel so very honored. Congrats to all the nominees!”
Being one of those who got multiple nods, Mars also joined the celebration on Twitter. He showed how thrilled he was by posting, “I’ve been trynna think of something clever to say.. But the only thing that comes to my mind is… FRIKIKIKIKI!! We Did It! #Hooligans.”
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