It's been a big year for [artist id="1746119"]Keri Hilson[/artist]. The singer/ songwriter has quickly become an R&B star with her album [article id="1607603"]In a Perfect World ...,[/article] which includes her hit collaboration with [artist id="2002414"]Ne-Yo[/artist] and [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist], "Knock You Down." Now, the singer finds herself [article id="1627480"]up for two Grammy Awards[/article], and she told MTV News that she nearly cried when she thought about receiving such recognition — and yes, those were happy tears.
"I had to fight tears [from] welling up because it's so much more significant than people can imagine," she said at the Grammy nominations concert on Wednesday night. "When you have a dream since you were a kid ... I'm still at that point, trying to fight them back."
Hilson is not only up for Best New Artist, but also Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Knock You Down," and she said she can't pick which one she'd rather win. "I don't know if I can say either [award] means more," she said. "Maybe I have a better shot at Best New Artist — the other is Best Rap Sung/ Collaboration and there's really, really stiff competition there. We'll see — I'm gonna stay prayed up."
(Hilson is up against Zac Brown Band, MGMT, Silversun Pickups and the Ting Tings for Best New Artist. She faces Beyoncé and Kanye West; Jay-Z, Rihanna and West; the Lonely Island and T-Pain; and T.I. and Justin Timberlake for Best Rap/ Sung Collaboration.)
The Grammys take place on January 31, and Hilson talked about what she's going to do to prepare. "I'll probably work out," she laughed. "All I know is that I am super-motivated. I feel like I want to go into the studio tonight. I feel like I want to top what I did already."
And she was quick to share who else she's pulling for on the big night. "I'm [article id="1625361"]rooting for Drake[/article]. I'm rooting for my labelmates the Black Eyed Peas. I'm sure they'll take home something," she said. "And Lady Gaga, I'm sure she'll take home something. But you know, it's a really [big] year for music. I'm glad to see so many artists who are doing well."