LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Life is making rocker Steven Tyler pinch himself these days.

With his band Aerosmith receiving four Grammy nominations, including best rock album, and his daughter, Liv, co-starring in the box-office hit ``The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,'' Tyler is thrilled.

``Am I surprised that things have turned out like this? I have to pinch myself every day,'' the 53-year-old Tyler told the Los Angeles Times for Sunday's editions. ``Life is really beautiful.''

Tyler said he's also happy that for the first time in Aerosmith's nearly three-decade career, the group had control over production of their latest album, ``Just Push Play.''

``It was like going to Disney World for vacation, and then, after 10 years of doing that, going to Maui,'' he said. ``I'm never going to have it any other way.

By producing their own album, Tyler said the band was ``defending our precious little souls.''

Even if Aerosmith doesn't win any Grammy Awards on Feb. 27, Tyler said he's still grateful because he's living the life he dreamed of.

``I told my dad, 'When I grow up I want to be a (rock star),' and he said, 'I don't think you can do both.'''