updated 02/01/2010 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/01/2010 AT 7:30 AM ET
Told after the show that Music City artists had pulled off an unprecedented double – album of the year for Swift and record of the year for Kings of Leon – Swift, 20, replied, “That s awesome, and I didn’t know that before right now.”
Keeping up the enthusiasm, Swift further declared, “Nashville is my favorite place in the world. To see it recognized in such a beautiful way tonight at the Grammys just makes me so, so happy.”
She added that winning album of the year for her blockbuster Fearless was nothing short of amazing and humbling. “I did not see it coming tonight,” she said. “This was a beautiful, beautiful surprise.”
Asked where she’ll keep her new trophies, she replied (without elucidating): “I imagine I’ll have four options.”
Swift also took a moment to reflect on her love for country music, and her dislike of labels across musical genres. “I grew up in Pennsylvania, and my friends didn’t listen to country music, but I did, because I could identify with these stories so well,” she said.
She added: “I think that when you’re making music, it’s the healthiest thing to do to remove titles or stereotypes from what you’re trying to do. It’s not boys versus girls. It’s not country versus rap. It’s not anything that you don’t make it.”