Taylor Swift Nets Eight Grammy Nominations

She's Nominated in the All-Genre Album, Record and Song of the Year

Updated: Dec. 3, 2009, at 12 p.m. ET

View photos from the Grammy nominations concert.

Taylor Swift snagged eight nominations — second only to Beyoncé — when the candidates for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday night (Dec. 2) during a live music special televised by CBS from Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

Significantly, she was nominated in three top categories representing all genres of music.

Her latest album, Fearless, is nominated for overall album of the year in a category that also includes Beyoncé’s I Am … Sasha Fierce, the Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D., Lady Gaga’s The Fame and the Dave Matthews Band’s Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King.

“You Belong With Me,” a track from Swift’s album, is up for record of the year against Beyoncé’s “Halo,” the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” the Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” and Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.”

Swift and co-writer Liz Rose’s collaboration on “You Belong With Me” put them in the song of the year category alongside hits such as Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face,” Maxwell’s “Pretty Wings,” Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and the Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.”

Additionally, Fearless is nominated for best country album, and “You Belong With Me” is up for best pop female performance. Swift and Rose are also nominated for best country song for “White Horse,” an album track that also earned Swift a nod in the best female vocal performance category. “Breathe,” yet another track from Fearless, resulted in Swift and Colbie Caillat netting a nomination for best pop collaboration with vocals.

Swift later said she was “freaking out” when she realized she had claimed eight nominations.

“I started freaking out and jumping up and down,” she told The Associated Press. “I honestly never would have predicted this — eight nominations. I’m ecstatic and blown away and so, so thankful.”

She added, “To be recognized by the Grammys is the ultimate honor, and all I know is that when I write about this in my journal tonight, it will be in all capital letters and underlined four times, and there will be lots of exclamation points in this entry because I never imagined I’d get to write this kind of journal entry.”

As far as the prospect of winning her first Grammy, Swift said, “The thought of that absolutely is something that you daydream about.”

Sugarland and Dwight Yoakam were the only country artists featured during the telecast. Yoakam announced the only on-air country category of the night — best country performance by a duo or group with vocals. Sugarland’s “It Happens” was nominated in the division with Brooks & Dunn’s “Cowgirls Don’t Cry,” Lady Antebellum’s “I Run to You,” Rascal Flatts“Here Comes Goodbye” and the Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried.”

Sugarland also performed “Coming Home,” a holiday song from their Gold and Green album, during a segment outside Club Nokia.

When LL Cool J, who hosted the telecast, asked Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush about their nomination, Nettles replied, “The Grammys, that’s the biggest night in all of music. It’s a big honor when we win country awards, but to be at the Grammys — nominated — that’s nice.”

And while Swift did not attend the nominations concert, she still managed to receive lots of attention. LL Cool J’s opening performance made mention of her, but it’s clear that at least one music legend hasn’t forgotten about Kanye West interrupting her acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.

When Smokey Robinson and Ringo Starr announced that “You Belong With Me” is nominated for record of the year, Robinson joked, “And don’t worry, Taylor, Kanye West is not here.”

The 52nd annual Grammy Awards show takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 31.

The following is a list of select Grammy categories that include country nominees:

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or tracks only.)

“Dead Flowers” Miranda Lambert

“I Just Call You Mine” Martina McBride Track from: Shine

“White Horse”
Taylor Swift
Track from: Fearless

“Just a Dream” Carrie Underwood Track from: Carnival Ride

“Solitary Thinkin'” Lee Ann Womack Track from: Call Me Crazy

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or tracks only.)

“All I Ask for Anymore” Trace Adkins Track from: X (Ten)

“People Are Crazy” Billy Currington Track from: Little Bit of Everything

“High Cost of Living” Jamey Johnson Track from: That Lonesome Song

“Living for the Night”
George Strait Track from: Twang

“Sweet Thing” Keith Urban Track from: Defying Gravity

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
(For established duos or groups with vocals. Singles or tracks only.)

“Cowgirls Don’t Cry” Brooks & Dunn
Track from: Cowboy Town

“Chicken Fried” Zac Brown Band Track from: The Foundation

“I Run to You” Lady Antebellum
Track from: Lady Antebellum

“Here Comes Goodbye” Rascal Flatts Track from: Unstoppable

“It Happens”
Track from: Love on the Inside

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or tracks only.)

“Beautiful World” Dierks Bentley and Patty Griffin Track from: Feel That Fire

“Down the Road”
Kenny Chesney and Mac McAnally Track from: Lucky Old Sun

“Start a Band” Brad Paisley and Keith Urban
Track from: Play

“I Told You So” Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis

“Everything but Quits”
Lee Ann Womack and George Strait
Track from: Call Me Crazy

Best Country Instrumental Performance

“Under the (Five) Wire”
Alison Brown Track from: The Company You Keep

“The Crystal Merchant”
The Greencards Track from: Fascination

Sarah Jarosz
Track from: Song Up in Her Head

“Producer’s Medley”
Steve Wariner Track from: Steve Wariner c.g.p. My Tribute to Chet Atkins

Best Country Song
(Awarded to songwriters. Singles or tracks only.)

“All I Ask for Anymore”
Casey Beathard and Tim James, songwriters
Track from: X (Ten), Trace Adkins

“High Cost of Living”
Jamey Johnson and James Slater, songwriters
Track from: That Lonesome Song, Jamey Johnson

“I Run to You”
Tom Douglas, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, songwriters
Track from: Lady Antebellum, Lady Antebellum

“People Are Crazy”
Bobby Braddock and Troy Jones, songwriters
Track from: Little Bit of Everything, Billy Currington

“White Horse”
Liz Rose and Taylor Swift, songwriters
Track from: Fearless, Taylor Swift

Best Country Album

The Foundation
Zac Brown Band

George Strait

Taylor Swift

Defying Gravity
Keith Urban

Call Me Crazy
Lee Ann Womack

Record of the Year


“I Gotta Feeling”
The Black Eyed Peas

“Use Somebody”
Kings of Leon

“Poker Face”
Lady Gaga

“You Belong With Me”
Taylor Swift

Album of the Year

I Am … Sasha Fierce

The E.N.D.
The Black Eyed Peas

The Fame
Lady Gaga

Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King
Dave Matthews Band

Taylor Swift

Song of the Year
(Awarded to songwriters. Singles or tracks only.)

“Poker Face”
Lady Gaga and RedOne, songwriters
Track from: The Fame, Lady Gaga

“Pretty Wings”
Hod David and Musze, songwriters
Track from: Blacksummers’ Night, Maxwell

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”
Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash and Christopher Stewart, songwriters
Track from: I Am … Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé

“Use Somebody”
Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings of Leon)

“You Belong With Me”
Liz Rose and Taylor Swift
Track from: Fearless, Taylor Swift

Best New Artist

Zac Brown Band
Keri Hilson
Silversun Pickups
The Ting Tings

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or tracks only.)

“Hometown Glory”
Track from: 19

Track from: I Am … Sasha Fierce

“Hot N Cold”
Katy Perry

Track from: Funhouse

“You Belong With Me”
Taylor Swift
Track from: Fearless

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or tracks only.)

“Sea of Heartbreak”
Rosanne Cash and Bruce Springsteen

“Love Sex Magic”
Ciara and Justin Timberlake
Track from: Fantasy Ride

Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
Track from: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
Willie Nelson and Norah Jones
Track from: American Classic

Taylor Swift and Colbie Caillat
Track from: Fearless

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

A Swingin’ Christmas
Tony Bennett

Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden
Michael Bublé

Your Songs
Harry Connick Jr.

Liza’s at the Palace
Liza Minnelli

American Classic
Willie Nelson

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or tracks only.)

“Beyond Here Lies Nothin'”
Bob Dylan Track from: Together Through Life

“Change in the Weather”
John Fogerty Track from: The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again

Track from: LotusFlow3r

“Working on a Dream”
Bruce Springsteen
Track from: Working on a Dream

“Fork in the Road”
Neil Young Track from: Fork in the Road

Best Americana Album

Together Through Life
Bob Dylan

Electric Dirt
Levon Helm

Willie and the Wheel
Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel

Wilco (The Album)

Little Honey
Lucinda Williams

Best Bluegrass Album

Could We Get Any Closer?
Jim Lauderdale

The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo
Steve Martin

Buckaroo Blue Grass
Michael Martin Murphey

Almost Live
Bryan Sutton and Friends

Destination Life
Rhonda Vincent

Best Traditional Folk Album

Cutting Loose
David Holt and Josh Goforth

Naked With Friends
Maura O’Connell

Polka Cola: Music That Refreshes
Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra

Singing Through the Hard Times: A Tribute to Utah Phillips
Various Artists

High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie PooleProject
Loudon Wainwright III

Best Contemporary Folk Album

Middle Cyclone
Neko Case

Our Bright Future
Tracy Chapman

Shawn Colvin

Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
Elvis Costello

Steve Earle

Best Musical Show Album
(Award to album producers, lyricists and composers.)

Ain’t Misbehavin’
Robert Sher, producer
Various composers
30th Anniversary Cast Recording With Ruben Studdard, Frenchie Davis and others.

Noah Cornman, Kurt Deutsch, Joel Moss and Steve Norman, producers
Galt MacDermot, composer
James Rado and Gerome Ragni, lyricists
New Broadway Cast With Sasha Allen, Gavin Creel and others

9 to 5: The Musical
Frank Filipetti, producer
Dolly Parton, composer and lyricist
Original Broadway Cast With Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty and others

Shrek: The Musical
Peter Hylenski and Jeanine Tesori, producers
Jeanine Tesori, composer
David Lindsay-Abaire, lyricist
Original Broadway Cast With Brian d’Arcy James, Sutton Foster and others

West Side Story
David Caddick and David Lai, producers
Leonard Bernstein, composer
Stephen Sondheim, lyricist
New Broadway Cast With Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scaglione and others

Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
(Awarded to songwriter.)

“The Climb” From Hannah Montana: The Movie
Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe, songwriters

From Twilight
Josh Farro, Hayley Williams and Taylor York, songwriters

“Jai Ho”
From Slumdog Millionaire
Gulzar, A.R. Rahman and Tanvi Shah, songwriters

“Once in a Lifetime”
From Cadillac Records
Ian Dench, James Dring, Amanda Ghost, Beyoncé Knowles, Scott McFarnon and Jody Street, songwriters

“The Wrestler”
From The Wrestler
Bruce Springsteen, songwriter

Best Long Form Music Video
(For video album packages consisting of more than one song or track. Award to the artist and video director/producer.)

In Boston
Chris Botti
Jim Gable, video director
Bobby Colomby, video producer

Johnny Cash’s America
Johnny Cash Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, video directors

Anita O’Day — The Life of a Jazz Singer
Anita O’Day
Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden, video directors
Robbie Cavolina, Melissa Davis and Ian McCrudden, video producers

Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy World Tour Live
Keith Urban
Chris Hicky, video director
Blake Morrison, video producer

The Beatles Love — All Together Now
Various artists
Adrian Wills, video director
Martin Bolduc and Jonathan Clyde, video producers

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