Swift, Minaj Get Billboard Honor, Talk Grammy Nods

By MESFIN FEKADU | December 2, 2011 | 5:50 PM EST

Woman of the Year award honoree singer Taylor Swift attends the 6th annual Billboard Women In Music event at Capitale on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift doesn't think the Recording Academy is mean. Though she won the Grammy for album of the year in 2010, she's not sad her latest multiplatinum effort isn't up for the honor this time around.

Says Swift: "Well, I got three nominations. I was just so excited."

Swift was named "Woman of the Year" by Billboard on Friday. Her third CD, "Speak Now," got a Grammy nod for best country album, and her song "Mean" is up for two awards.

Swift was joined by Nicki Minaj, who was honored as Billboard's Rising Star and got teary-eyed at the event. Minaj is nominated for four Grammys, including best new artist. She says she doesn't expect to win that award, "but it's good to be recognized."