NEW YORK — [artist id="1746119"]Keri Hilson[/artist] may be known for providing hot backing vocals for the likes of [artist id="503162"]Timbaland[/artist] and [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist], appearing in [artist id="1270"]Usher[/artist]'s [video id="222200"]"Love in This Club" video[/video] and writing songs for [artist id="501686"]Britney Spears[/artist], but on Tuesday night, it was all about Keri.
Hilson celebrated the long-delayed release of her debut album, In a Perfect World..., with a party at Pink Elephant nightclub in New York. Not only did dozens of fans wait in a line that wrapped around the block, but a few of Hilson's most famous friends showed their support.
Model Tyson Beckford worked the red carpet and told a scrum of reporters that he "loves Keri's music." Beckford had some more high praise for the singer, predicting a future full of success. "She's coming up. She's going to be big," he said.
Inside, [artist id="1240040"]Akon[/artist] rubbed shoulders with Red Café while Joe Budden, Melyssa Ford, Adrienne Bailon and Hot 97 personality Angie Martinez took in the festivities in the VIP room at the swank venue, which had Hilson's album posters lining the walls.
The debut LP features some big collaborations, from [artist id="510062"]Lil Wayne[/artist], [artist id="1244412"]Keyshia Cole[/artist] and [artist id="2002414"]Ne-Yo[/artist] to producers Polow Da Don and Timbaland. There were whispers throughout the night that Tim would turn up with the Pussycat Dolls, but both acts were no-shows.
Hilson arrived around midnight, wearing a revealing black blazer paired only with gold jewelry. She stayed close to her entourage all night, bobbing along to her own beats.
As a crowd of fans converged on her booth, Hilson stood up on one of the many red leather couches.
"Thank you all for your support!" she shouted.
Hilson spoke about her Dr. Dre influences, working with Timbaland and why the album's release was delayed so many times during a visit to MTV News on Tuesday.
"I'm just a perfectionist," she said. "I have had many [release dates], but it's all for a good cause. The label wants to make sure the album has its proper release, and I'm thankful for that. Very grateful, even though fans look at it like it's a bad thing."