Grammy-Nominated Leona Lewis Thanks Clive Davis For Whirlwind Year Of Success

'To give me that opportunity is invaluable,' singer says at Davis' pre-Grammy party rehearsal.

[artist id="2490602"]Leona Lewis[/artist] has certainly had a whirlwind year since making her big debut at last year's Clive Davis pre-Grammy party and in the process has become a Grammy-nominated pop star. Her song "Bleeding Love" became an inescapable hit in 2008 and catapulted the singer to worldwide fame.

"Basically, we sat down and we went over all the material ... there was something about [the song] and her digging deep and the edginess of it and the strength of it," Davis explained about why they chose to record the song. "We all said, 'This is the first single.' We've had other hits coming from the album. This is a major album. This year has been so special. This is an appropriate time to celebrate that success."

Now she's up for three awards at Sunday's Grammys, and she offered a big thank you to Davis. "To have Clive Davis debut me, it's been so amazing," Lewis told MTV News at the party's rehearsals. "It was great and I think when he speaks, people listen, so to give me that opportunity is invaluable. And Clive is being celebrated [at the party]. I just can't wait."

But Lewis, about whom Davis said "music runs through her veins, her soul," is not resting on her laurels. The Brit is already hard at work prepping for her next album, and she's got some heavyweight talent onboard. "So I've just started to get in the studio. I've been in with Ryan [Tedders, who wrote 'Bleeding Love']," she said, adding, "and [I've been in with] Justin Timberlake as well, which has been great."

She admits, however, that's it all in the very early stages. "I'm writing and creating and in that real beginning process. It's really exciting. I feel lucky to be able to go in with people like Justin."

The singer, who recently recorded a version of the Snow Patrol song "Run" for the re-release of her album, Spirit, hopes to mix things up a bit on the upcoming album. "I mean, when I first started my training, I was an opera singer, and then I got into jazz and the blues. I love all types of music. I definitely wanna bring those elements into it. It's all about great songs and great music."

Will Lil Wayne grab all the gramophones? Is Katy Perry going to tell her girl rivals to kiss off? Can Coldplay march off with a win? MTV News is all over the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, so stay tuned for interviews, analysis and more before, during and after the big night, Sunday, February 8.