Jason Derülo happened to be sleeping in Japan when he heard the news that he was up for two Moonmen at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards , set to go live on September 12.
“It’s really exciting,” Derülo told MTV News, only an hour or so after learning that he was nominated for Best Male Video and Best New Artist at the VMAs this year. “[It’s so exciting] especially when you’ve been watching it your whole life. I watch the VMAs every year, my whole life.”
Derulo explained that the wake-up call was even more surprising given the fact that he had no idea that the nominations would be announced Tuesday (August 3), let alone that he would find himself with a couple of noms. “I had no idea the nominations were coming out,” he said. “It’s more of a pleasant surprise. I’m just really, really excited.”
First up, in the Best Male Video category, Derülo (“In My Head”) is up against Eminem (“Not Afraid”), Usher (“OMG”), Drake (“Find Your Love”) and B.o.B (“Airplanes”) . But he’s not sweating it too much.
“I’m not really worried about it at all. I’m really honored that I was nominated. If somebody wants to put me in that category — it’s amazing. To come where I came from to be nominated is really special in its own right,” he added. “I already feel like a winner. The fact that I can share my music and the world will listen is enough.”
As for his Best New Artist nod, where he’ll face off against Justin Bieber (“Baby”), Ke$ha (“Tik Tok”), Nicki Minaj (for her Sean Garrett collabo “Massive Attack”) and indie supergroup Broken Bells (“The Ghost Inside”), well, he kind of feels the same way. “I’m just honored to be nominated,” he told us. “I’ve always wanted to be nominated for that so it’s really cool.”
Did you have trouble getting Jason’s “In My Head” out of your head this year? Should it win for Best Male Video? Tell us in the comments!
The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 12, at 9 p.m. ET.