Double VMA nominee Jason Derülo is pretty jazzed for Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, where he’s up for Best New Artist and Best Male Video. Derülo, who will also be performing with deadmau5 , thinks those nods have kick-started his career in just the right way.
“It’s just a wonderful beginning,” he told MTV News at an event on Friday before his Music Box Theater performance in Los Angeles. “Everything that’s happened thus far has just fell into place perfectly. I couldn’t have written a better story if I tried. I can consider this just a brilliant start.”
The “In My Head” singer said the nominations have allowed him to go from VMA viewer to VMA-nominated performer. “It’s really exciting,” Derülo said, “especially when you’ve been watching it your whole life. I watch the VMAs every year, my whole life.”
As for his competition, the singer isn’t worried about actually taking home any Moonmen. Instead, it’s all about making it far enough to be recognized and nominated.
“I’m not really worried about it at all. I’m really honored that I was nominated,” he said last month. “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.”
In the Best New Artist category, 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”). And in the Best Male Video category, he has some stiff competition from Eminem (“Not Afraid”), Usher (“OMG”), Drake (“Find Your Love”) and B.o.B (“Airplanes”).
The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday. The party starts with MTV News’ VMA Pre-Show at 8 p.m., followed by the main event at 9 p.m. ET.