Updated: Dec. 3, 2009, at 12 p.m. ET
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.
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
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 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.)
"White Horse" Taylor Swift Track from: Fearless
Best Male Country Vocal Performance (For a solo vocal performance. Singles or tracks only.)
"Living for the Night"
Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals (For established duos or groups with vocals. Singles or tracks only.)
"It Happens" Sugarland 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.)
"Down the Road"
"Everything but Quits" Lee Ann Womack and George Strait Track from: Call Me Crazy
Best Country Instrumental Performance
"Under the (Five) Wire"
"The Crystal Merchant"
"Mansinneedof" Sarah Jarosz Track from: Song Up in Her Head
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
Twang George Strait
Fearless 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 Beyoncé
The E.N.D. The Black Eyed Peas
The Fame Lady Gaga
Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King Dave Matthews Band
Fearless 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
The Ting Tings
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (For a solo vocal performance. Singles or tracks only.)
"Hometown Glory" Adele Track from: 19
"Halo" Beyoncé Track from: I Am ... Sasha Fierce
"Hot N Cold" Katy Perry
"Sober" Pink 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"
"Love Sex Magic" Ciara and Justin Timberlake Track from: Fantasy Ride
"Lucky" Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat Track from: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
"Breathe" 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'"
"Change in the Weather"
"Dreamer" Prince Track from: LotusFlow3r
"Working on a Dream" Bruce Springsteen Track from: Working on a Dream
"Fork in the Road"
Best Americana Album
Together Through Life Bob Dylan
Willie and the Wheel
Willie Nelson and
Wilco (The Album) Wilco
Best Bluegrass Album
Could We Get Any Closer?
The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo Steve Martin
Buckaroo Blue Grass
Best Traditional Folk Album
Cutting Loose David Holt and Josh Goforth
Naked With Friends
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
Best Contemporary Folk Album
Our Bright Future Tracy Chapman
Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
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.
Hair 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
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.)
"Decode" 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
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