Fiona Apple was thrilled just to be nominated for this year's (06) Grammy Awards because it gave her vindication over critics who doubted her talent. The angst-ridden artist - whose latest album EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE lost out to Kelly Clarkson's disc BREAKAWAY for the Best Pop Vocal Album - used the nomination to overcome criticism from a trusted companion. She says, "Oh yeah! Definitely - especially as there was a time a couple of years ago when one of my friends told me that I wasn't singing well. This was during the recording of the album. And it took me a long time to...I felt like dying! This was somebody who knew what they were talking about. So that was my second thought."