"I'm really excited," she told MTV News about the nomination. (Check out the complete list of this year's VMA nominees!) "I had no idea. I just got the text message this morning that I'm nominated. It's really unbelievable. I just came out with the single a few months ago and my album last week, so to be doing this while I'm being nominated is amazing. I'm just thinking my hard work paid off."
But the hard work isn't over yet. DeBarge has some stiff competition in the Best Choreography category, where she's up against
It might get weird for DeBarge while she's on tour with Spears since they're both up for the same Moonman. "I would hope not! She definitely had a lot of fame and fortune throughout her whole career, and she's had a lot of awards, so maybe she can give someone else the chance this time," she said. "I love Britney and am really thankful she allowed me to be on tour with her."
The new artist has nothing but love for all the nominees in the Best Choreography category. "[Britney] is also another big entertainer and dancer. And Beyoncé is too, and Justin, and they're all great entertainers and performers," she said. "I don't know if they have won in the past or really what their status is with the VMAs. I do know that they're really talented, and I'm sure they've had awards before, so maybe it wouldn't be a surprise to them if they won the award. [It] definitely would be that way for me!"
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards will take place September 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Nominees, celebrity presenters and additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. To be the first to find out the inside scoop, follow the Inside MTV Twitter account at Twitter.com/InsideMTV.