Nicki Minaj In 'Heaven' Over VMA Nomination

'I didn't even think I'd get invited!' Young Money MC tells MTV News.

It was just a few years ago when Young Money honey [artist id="3055069"]Nicki Minaj[/artist] would gather 'round the TV at home with her family and settle in to watch the MTV Video Music Awards. But with her first nomination locked down in the hotly contested Best New Artist category at the 2010 VMAs, Minaj said on Tuesday (August 3) that she can hardly believe she's going to the big game this year.

"I feel like I've died and gone to heaven," Minaj said from her Los Angeles home about her debut VMA nom. "I definitely thought I'd get one someday, but not before I put the album out. I never thought I'd get a nomination [this year]. ... I didn't even think I'd get invited!"

Not only does Minaj have her golden ticket, she's going head-to-head with fellow newbies Ke$ha, Jason Derülo, Justin Bieber and indie-rock supergroup Broken Bells. Minaj said she was at home on Tuesday morning when she heard the news and didn't believe it at first.

"Someone sent me an e-mail saying congratulations and I was like, 'For what?' And they said, 'For the VMA.' And I was like, 'What was I nominated for?' And when they said, 'Best New Artist,' I just started screaming."

So far, she said she's gotten text-message congratulations from some of her Cash Money and Young Money crew, but she was still waiting to hear from incarcerated capo Lil Wayne.

As for her chances in the category, Minaj, whose nod is for her "Massive Attack" video, said she definitely considers herself the "underdog," but isn't too worried about that right now. "I'm mostly just thinking about what hair I'm gonna do," she said when asked if she'd started putting an outfit together. "I haven't given much thought about what I'm going to wear. It's always a freakin' magical movie!"

Do you think Nicki will crush the Best New Artist competition? Make your predictions in the comments!

The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 12 at 9 p.m. ET.