Beyonce's 'Cadillac Records' Risk Pays Off With A Golden Globe Nod

'I'm very, very nervous,' singer/actress said at film's premiere about portraying living legend Etta James.

[artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] might have made an honest woman out of [artist id="1236911"]Beyoncé[/artist] in 2008, but the Golden Globe-nominated singer/actress wasn't going to let some splashy wedding steal her spotlight. With Sasha Fierce alive and well as the singer's alter ego, and her song "Once in a Lifetime" from the movie "Cadillac Records" up for a Golden Globe, Beyoncé proved that she certainly was fierce in '08.

She killed at the Grammys back in February when she [article id="1581349"]performed alongside Tina Turner[/article]. Soon after, [article id="1581484"]Aretha Franklin criticized the singer[/article] for referring to Turner as the "queen," feeling it was disrespectful, but offered her "love to Beyoncé anyway."

She kept everyone talking — except herself, that is — when [article id="1584903"]she wed longtime beau Jay-Z[/article] in New York last spring. She also worked on several high-profile projects — including the film "Cadillac Records," in which she plays music legend Etta James, and her latest album, I Am ... Sasha Fierce.

(Don't miss our look back at what 2008 meant to Golden Globe nominees [article id="1602136"]Brad Pitt[/article] and [article id="1601974"]Miley Cyrus[/article] too.)

"I feel like I'm my own competition," [article id="1599354"]she said in November[/article] about making the record. "I don't try to compete with other people. I just try to better myself."

Meanwhile, Beyoncé did the unthinkable and [article id="1597575"]packed on the pounds[/article] for her role in "Cadillac" in order to play the blues legend. She felt it was worth it, given the fact that the singer is a "hero" of hers.

"I always loved her voice, but now knowing what she's been through, she's one of my heroes," she told MTV News at the [article id="1600243"]film's premiere[/article]. "I'm not sure if she thought [I would be good] as her. I'm very, very nervous."

Just in time for the album's release, Beyoncé [article id="1597023"]graced the "TRL" stage for the last time[/article] when the show ended in November. "I can remember being 16 or 17 when they asked us to be on the show, and it was our big moment," she said during a "TRL" appearance in October. "I mean, I dreamed [I would have this kind of success], but I never thought it would be a reality."

In 2009, Beyoncé [article id="1598740"]hopes to be able to perform at Barack Obama's inauguration[/article]. "I'm there," she told The Associated Press in November. "I can't wait. I feel like all of us, we're ready to do whatever we have to do. Whatever they want. ... I've never been so patriotic! I'm just beyond excited."

She also has another foray into acting coming up with the film "Obsessed," which she is also producing, set to hit a theater near you sometime in the spring.