It's been a big year for Keri Hilson. The singer/ songwriter has quickly become an R&B star with her album In a Perfect World ..., which includes her hit collaboration with Ne-Yo and Kanye West, "Knock You Down." Now, the singer finds herself up for two Grammy Awards, 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 rooting for Drake. 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."