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Taylor Swift turns 23 on Dec. 13, 2012. The country and pop star is known for her numerous hit singles such as 'Mine' and 'We Are Never Ever Getting back Together.' She received a unique birthday gift -- a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score - Motion Picture for her song 'Safe and Sound,' featured on the soundtrack of 'The Hunger Games.' (Check out a full list of nominations.)
'What an amazing and unexpected present!' Swift said in a statement. 'I'm blown away by my first-ever Golden Globe nomination, and so honored to be nominated with T Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars.'
'Writing music for 'The Hunger Games' was a labor of love - I was a fan of the stories and the characters, and we all wanted the music to have an authenticity that matched the tone of the movie and the emotions expressed in the book. This is a huge honor, and I'm really excited and so flattered. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association!' she said.
She later Tweeted: 'Best birthday surprise EVER-just found out that Safe and Sound is nominated for a GOLDEN GLOBE!! Thank you @goldenglobes and HFPA! #hungergames.'
This is Swift's first Golden Globe nomination.
(Pictured: Taylor Swift performs in Times Square in New York City for ABC's 'Good Morning America' on Oct. 23, 2012 to promote her new album 'Red.'
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