TORONTO - First-time Grammy Award nominees Tegan and Sara face some tough competition in the long-form music video category this Sunday, but at least one person close to the Calgary twins is confident.
"My mom's like: 'I think you're going to win,'" laughed Tegan Quin in a recent interview alongside her sister.
"I was like, 'Mom, we're up against Mumford & Sons and U2. You're high.'"
Even if the 32-year-old Quins aren't confidently clearing space on their mantels, they're tickled by the recognition.
The duo is up for "Get Along," a DVD the five-time Juno nominees released back in November 2011 that features three separate documentaries totalling more than two hours of footage.
Sometimes such exercises in fan service carry the whiff of a cash-in, but "Get Along" was different — for one thing, it took about 16 months to compile. It also provided an uncommonly intimate look at the twins, featuring footage of their trip to India as well as interviews with close friends and, yes, their mother, who has long been the subject of embarrassing anecdotes told by the twins onstage (with an unflattering voice impression to boot).
Perhaps in part because of the amount of work that went into "Get Along," the Quins were thrilled to see it recognized.
"(It) was a labour of love," Sara said. "We spent a lot of time working on it. So to have it recognized on such a high level, that's so exciting for us.
"Whether you believe in these systems of grading and competition ... it doesn't matter. Because your parents love it, your friends think it's cool. We're stoked."
As much as they're enjoying being "Gramminated" (as Sara put it), the pair won't be able to attend the ceremony this Sunday at the Staples Center due to press duties overseas, where they're promoting their latest record, "Heartthrob."
The Quins did, however, offer to send their mother down to California in their place.
"She didn't want to go," Tegan said. "So she didn't think we were going to win THAT much."