For a music artist, a Grammy nomination is often a sign that one has "made it." So, with the 2014 Grammy Awards right around the corner, we asked some Grammy winners and nominees about their most memorable Grammy moments of all time.
One artist regretted a terrible red carpet outfit, while another act almost didn't show up to the ceremony thinking there was no chance of winning. It's a good thing because that same band ended up scoring the award for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal that year.
Check out the videos below to see hear what some Grammy winners and Grammy-nominated acts had to say about Music's Biggest Night:
Avril Lavigne came on the scene with a bang, scoring a whopping five Grammys with her 2002 debut album, "Let Go." She later scored another three nominations, but has yet to take home a trophy. Still, the Canadian pop star sounds like she (yes, as cliche as it sounds) is just happy to have been nominated:
British singer Petula Clark received the 1965 Grammy for best rock & roll recording for her hit song, "Downtown." A year later, she took home the best contemporary rock & roll female vocal performance Grammy for "I Know a Place." Clark told CBS News she recently dug up the trophies and put them on a mantle at home:
Ciara, who's performing at this year's official Grammy after party, has been nominated for five Grammys throughout her career, including best new artist back in 2006. She ended up taking one home that year: best short-form video for "Lose Control" (with Missy Elliott & Fatman Scoop):
Creed scored the best rock song Grammy in 2001 for the massive hit, "With Arms Wide Open." Stapp says it was one of the greatest days of his life. Two years later, the rock band's "My Sacrifice" was nominated for best rock performance by a duo or a group. Years later, Stapp is grateful for the honor:
Julian Lennon was nominated for best new artist at the 28th annual Grammy Awards in 1986 and lost out to Sade. Lennon unveiled his debut studio album in 1984, which featured the hit "Too Late for Goodbyes."
John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting received a Grammy nomination for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002. He was forced into a regrettable outfit, he says. In the end, Five for Fighting lost that year to U2's "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of." Needless to say, Ondrasik won't ever forget that moment:
Marina McBride, who has been nominated for a Grammy 14 times, told CBS News her most memorable moment came in 2011: "My favorite memory of the Grammys was a couple of years ago I go to open the show with a tribute to Aretha Franklin, who is one my all-time idols. I got to do it with Christina Aguilera, Yolanda Adams, Florence [Welch] from Florence + the Machine and Jennifer Hudson. It was just really great thing to be involved in, obviously paying tribute to one of my idols, but also to be with those amazing, strong women and great singers. It was just a moment I will never forge. It was electrifying and so special."
Train guitarist Jimmy Stafford told CBS News about the band’s Grammy nominations and wins: "We had won a Grammy for 'Drops of Jupiter' many years before and then we went back to the Grammys for 'Calling All Angels,' we didn't win that year. So having taking a break and almost broken up as a band and gone through what we went through and then to get back together -- and to have such a huge song with 'Hey, Soul Sister.' And to be invited back to the Grammys again -- it was almost more special than the very first one with 'Drops of Jupiter.' It was really an amazing feeling to be back at the Grammys -- and then to win. We didn't think we'd win. We almost didn't go to the Grammys. We were up against 'Glee,' and 'Glee' had just won all kinds of Golden Globe awards. Even our management said, 'This is Glee's year. But you guys should just go to celebrate your year, and you deserve to be there. So just go and have a good time.' And so we did. And we ended up walking away with a Grammy."