It was tough competition, but Taylor Swift, the Civil Wars and T-Bone Burnett came out GRAMMY winners for their collaboration on “Safe & Sound.”

Named Best Song Written For Visual Media, “Safe & Sound” was featured in The Hunger Games. The haunting track showcases a different sound for the country-pop singer and won support from fans and the industry alike.

Where some superstars don’t show at the pre-telecast portion of the GRAMMYs, Taylor Swift was right there with her collaborators. She took the stage in a stunning white dress followed by fellow songwriters T-Bone Burnett, John Paul White, and Joy Williams, all who thanked their families for their support over the years.

“You guys are amazing – we just won a GRAMMY for that!” Taylor exclaimed


— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 10, 2013

“I think it’s appropriate that Taylor thanks us,” the Civil Wars’ John Paul White joked, “as we’ve been carrying her for a while now…. I want to thank my mom and dad. I want to thank my kids…but mostly i want to thank my wife.”

“I told her 17 years ago when we met that if things went the way I wanted them to that I wouldn’t be around much and that’s an incredibly a**hole thing to say. She accepted it…I love her dearly with every part of my soul.”

Joy Williams raved about working with T Bone Burnett and Swift.

“It’s such a privilege to be able to collaborate and work with [them]. I really like it when they call. You pick up the phone whenever they call because something fun is going to happen.”

Congrats to @thecivilwars @taylorswift13 & T Bone Burnett on their win for Best Song for Visual Media…

— The Civil Wars (@thecivilwars) February 10, 2013

After letting his collaborators have turns at the mic, multi-GRAMMY-winning producer and songwriter Burnett–who produced The Hunger Games soundtrack, as well as the GRAMMY-winning soundtracks for O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Crazy Heart–simply said, “So much love and gratitude to you all of you, thank you, God bless.”

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