fun. ’s Jack Antonoff recently scored his first Golden Globe nomination, for "Sweeter than Fiction," a track he co-wrote with pop star Taylor Swift that appears in the movie One Chance . The guitarist says he was happy to finally be able to collaborate on a project with Swift, who he calls "the coolest and the sweetest."
Antonoff tells ABC News Radio that the two got together because in 2012, he and Swift kept running into each other at all the award shows that both she and fun. attended that year. "Music is a funny scene, and you don't always meet the coolest people, and she is the coolest -- and the sweetest," he says. "And so I was really excited to always see her at these things."
The guitarist reveals his collaboration with Swift was inspired by one random bit of music: the snare drum sound on the 1989 #1 hit "She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals . "That led to like an idea for a track, and then that led to working on music together," he notes. "And then that eventually led to 'Sweeter than Fiction,' which led to this [nomination]."
"She'd seen the film and I think there was conversation about a song," he explains of Swift. "And then I sent her this track, and then she called me, and she was like, 'This is perfect for this film, which I love.' And....there was a lot of synergy there, and it was all perfect in the moment."
Asked what he thinks his and Swift's chances are of winning, considering that they're up against Coldplay and U2 , Antonoff tells ABC News Radio, "It's so cliche when people say it, but it's just so exciting to be included...all the people you just named are some of my favorite artists, so I couldn't really think of anything beyond that."
Antonoff isn't the only one to receive accolades for working on projects outside of fun.: singer Nate Ruess has been nominated for two Grammys for "Just Give Me a Reason," his duet with Pink . fun. swept the Grammys in February of this year, and the guitarist laughs, "It's so crazy...him with the Grammys, and then me [with the Golden Globes]....it's kinda just amazing that we could have had the year we had last year, and still be associated [with these awards], even without a new album."
The Golden Globes will be handed out January 12; the ceremony airs live on NBC. The Grammys will be handed out January 26, live on CBS.
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