When her name was called in the category of best country solo performance, Swift strolled to the stage with an astonished look on her face.
“Oh wow! Hi, this is fantastic!” she stated from the stage . “You know, it’s always going to mean the world to me — the idea of getting to go to the Grammys and the idea of getting to possibly have a chance at winning a Grammy. But this one really means a lot to me because this is for a song called ‘Mean’ that I wrote. There’s really no feeling quite like writing a song about someone who’s really mean to you, and someone who completely hates you and makes your life miserable — and then winning a Grammy for it.”
Moments later, Swift returned to the stage to claim the Grammy for best country song.
“Oh, wow! Thank you to anyone who voted for this song. That is so incredible of you for doing that,” she told the audience . “Wow, this is another Grammy. I want to thank Scott Borchetta at Big Machine Records for letting me create this album and believing in this song and putting it out at radio. When we put this out as a single, a few people said, ‘Really you’re going to do that? Wow, OK.’ My label stood by it and country radio played it a lot, which was wonderful.”
Swift also thanked her manager, her family and her band, then added, “This is unbelievable. I am so happy right now. Thank you to all the Grammy voters and everyone who clapped when I won this.”
Following the announcements, Swift paused by the Grammy’s “thank you cam” to chat about her victories.
“This is so amazing to have won two Grammys already before the televised portion even starts,” she said. “It’s unbelievable. I won two Grammys for the song that I wrote called ‘Mean’ that really meant a lot to me. Then my friends, the Civil Wars, just won, too, like right after I won, and it means so much to me that the Grammy voters decided to vote that way. I’m just having such a wonderful time.”
The Civil Wars won two Grammys on Sunday. Their song “Barton Hollow” won for best country duo/group performance while the album of the same name received the best folk album award. The duo introduced Swift’s performance later that night during the televised portion, where she sang a lively rendition of “Mean.”
“Honestly, this song [has] been so close to my heart, and it was a song that I wrote when I was really, really hurting and going through a lot,” Swift said backstage. “The fact that it would go on to win two Grammys … life is beautiful.”
Swift’s latest Grammy wins bring her career total to six. Two years ago, Fearless won for album of the year and best country album, while “White Horse” claimed best female country performance and best country song.View photos from the 54th annual Grammy Awards.