With eight nominations under her belt, Taylor Swift has a good chance of waking up on Monday morning a Grammy Award winner. The 20-year-old superstar is not only competing against the likes of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, she'll also take the stage to perform her new hit song, "Today Was a Fairytale."
While she's nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Swift is most thrilled about getting one of the Recording Academy's top honors. "I think being nominated for Album of the Year is my favorite of all of them," Swift told MTV News about her 2008 release Fearless on the red carpet at the Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday.
And even though her competition in the category is stiff — Dave Matthews Band, Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and Beyoncé — she feels lucky to be recognized for her work writing the songs on her very personal album.
"Just the fact that it's such a huge category and that fact that I wrote all those songs about my life and about boys and love and relationships and lessons, and it's very personal," she gushed. "So, to have that gold star next to it there forever, I'll know that was nominated for album of the year. That really means a lot to me."
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