Last week the Grammy Awards were announced and, Katy Perry took the time to talk about her song, ‘Firework,’ claiming it is an anti-bullying anthem. One that was inspired by the legendary beat writer Jack Kerouac.

“I wrote it because I feel like everyone has the potential to be great,” Perry said. She cited a passage from Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ that specifically inspired the song. “He wrote a paragraph in that book: ‘I wanna be around people that are buzzing and fizzing and full of life and they never say a commonplace thing. And they shoot into the sky like fireworks and make everyone go aww.’”

Perry’s career total of Grammy nominations is now eight, though she’s still looking for her first win. It might be a longshot for this year too,  considering that she’s up against heavy favorite Adele in both categories.