Earlier this fall, Meghan Trainor’s debut single “All About That Bass” passed Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” on the Hot 100 and spent eight weeks at the top of the chart before “Shake It Off” eventually took back the crown. The pair of smash singles will now compete against each other in the two biggest song categories at the Grammys — record of the year and song of the year — and following the nominations announcement on Friday (Dec. 5), Trainor tells Billboard that she hopes to finally meet the 1989 superstar at the February ceremony.
“I haven’t gotten to meet Taylor Swift yet,” admits Trainor, who has been covering “Shake It Off” in concert over the past few months. “I’m a huge fan. I tried [to meet her], but I haven’t had the opportunity. I saw her at the AMAs — I was too scared to say hi. She looked really busy!”
Trainor has been busy herself preparing for a big start to 2015: her debut full-length, Title, is due out Jan. 13, and a North American headlining tour begins in Vancouver on Feb. 11. Meanwhile, the “All About That Bass” follow-up single “Lips Are Movin’” continues shimmying up the Hot 100 chart, hitting a new peak at No. 13 on the current tally.
“All the doors are open now,” says Trainor about the success of “All About That Bass.” “Everyone wants to work, and it’s not a struggle anymore like it was when I was 18 and signed to country publishing and no one in L.A. wanted to write with me. Now writers and producers are calling and saying, ‘Is she available for a session?’ It’s definitely changed my whole life.”
Trainor says that she wanted “to cry tears of joy all day” when she found out that “All About That Bass” was nominated for record of the year and song of the year on Friday morning. When asked whether she’s rather win the artist-focused record of the year or earn the songwriting win for song of the year, the 20-year-old replied that either one would be unbelievable.
“I’ve always been a songwriter, my whole life, and that’s where I’ve worked the hardest,” says Trainor. “And if I got the artist one, I would freak out because that was always a secret desire and wish that I had, but I never had the confidence. I was too insecure, and the message of ‘All About That Bass’ really helped me be the artist that I am today. If I won a Grammy for that, that’d be ridiculous.”
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