The Civil Wars are not only nominated for two awards at the 2012 Grammys on Sunday night (February 12), but on Monday, the music video for their Taylor Swift-assisted "Hunger Games" soundtrack song, "Safe & Sound," will drop during "MTV First: Taylor Swift." The video will premiere at 7:54 p.m. ET on MTV, followed by an exclusive chat with Swift herself on MTV.com.
"I just appreciate that we had such horrible working conditions," the Wars' Joy Williams joked to MTV News on the 2012 Grammys red carpet. "We were in a heated cabin. She, being the prima donna that she is, was out barefoot, in freezing weather, in the mud and still managed to have a really good attitude about it."
Bandmate John Paul White added with a laugh: "We figured it was the least that she could do, since we wrote the song. 'I'm the biggest star in the world,' " he joked about the humble pop songstress.
The Barton Hollow singers admit they initially weren't sure about working with another artist on the track, but that after it was suggested to them, it just felt right. "It was [perfect], strangely enough. John Paul and I write all of our own music, so it's not as common anymore for us to be collaborating with other people," Williams said. "But, [producer] T-Bone [Burnett] and Taylor Swift: It was just natural."
After Monday's video premiere — which will also air live on MTV's channels in Canada, Europe, Latin America, Australia, Asia and Africa — the Grammy-nominated Swift will sit down with MTV News' Sway Calloway for a 30-minute interview on MTV.com. Fans of the superstar can get in on the action by submitting questions via Twitter @MTVNews with the hashtags #AskTaylor or #MTVFirst.
CMT will air "Safe & Sound" at 8 p.m. ET, the same time the music video will debut exclusively online at MTV.com, CMT.com, VH1.com and MTV's international sites. On Tuesday morning, VH1's "Big Morning Buzz Live" will feature the video at 10 a.m. ET/PT.
The "Hunger Games" soundtrack, which also features Arcade Fire and the Decemberists, drops March 20. The movie hits theaters days later, on March 23.
Don't miss the premiere of Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound" video during "MTV First: Taylor Swift" on Monday at 7:54 p.m. ET on MTV, followed by an exclusive chat with Swift about her "Hunger Games" clip on MTV.com.