It's a big weekend for Taylor Swift with a shot at a Golden Globe win Sunday and the return of one of her favorite TV shows, HBO's acclaimed series Girls, that same night.
At the Globes, Taylor is up for Best Original Song for "Safe and Sound," her collaboration with the country/folk music duo The Civil Wars that she recorded for The Hunger Games. She plans to attend the Golden Globes ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, which means she'll have to DVR Girls and watch it later.
Lately, Taylor and Girls star and creator Lena Dunham have formed a mutual admiration society. When asked why she loves the show so much, Taylor tells ABC News Radio, "Watching Girls is like listening to a song and going, "That's exactly how I feel!" You know, it's that relatability. It's so direct. It's so smart. Everybody knows someone like those characters."
As for creating her Golden Globe-nominated song, Taylor was inspired directly by the plot of The Hunger Games, which concerns a dystopian future America in which kids are forced to kill each other in a violent, government-sanctioned reality TV competition. The movie's plucky heroine, Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, attempts to outwit the government and save her family at the same time.
When the song came out last year, Taylor told MTV News, "I had this title that I'd been working with called 'Safe and Sound,' and I just knew that I wanted it to deal with sort of the empathy, sort of the more sensitive, sad, bittersweet side of this story."
Taylor wrote "Safe and Sound" with Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars and famed producer T Bone Burnett, and the melody and lyrics came together with little effort.
"As a soon as John Paul got out his guitar and started playing this melody, me and Joy started singing over it, and it just, it happened so quickly," Taylor explained. "This song was such an amazing experience because it was like it just happened."
The Golden Globes air Sunday night on NBC starting at 8 p.m. Other artists nominated for Best Original Song include Adele for "Skyfall," from the Bond movie of the same name; Jon Bon Jovi for "Not Running Anymore," from the movie Stand Up Guys; and American Idol judge Keith Urban for a song he wrote for the movie Act of Valor, "For You."
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