Why Jazmine Sullivan Is Excited About Her 5 Grammy Nods
Originally posted Thursday December 04, 2008 04:15 PM EST
"I am so excited to meet them!" Sullivan tells PEOPLE. "I actually want to do a song with Chris Martin, so maybe somebody will introduce me to him, or I can slip him an album and he can listen!"
The R&B songstress, who earned the highly-coveted best new artist nod, still can't believe her good fortune. "When they called the Jonas Brothers, I started getting nervous. I was like, 'Man ... they're huge!' I didn't even know they were new artists!"
But with mom right by her side – "I must have grabbed her arm so hard she probably still has red marks!" – she learned she had actually received not just one, but five nominations. "It was surreal," says the Philly-native, who texted mentor Missy Elliott as soon as she heard. "I've been working for this my whole life and to see it finally pay off is just wonderful."
Elliott couldn't be more proud of her protégé. "In the church world we say someone who sings with such magnitude is 'a beast.' Well I guess this beast has been unleashed!" Elliott says.
So, if all goes well, where does one find room for five Grammys?
"My brother plays tennis, so he has hundreds of trophies from when he was younger in our computer room and it takes up all the space," Sullivan says with a laugh. "I'll move his to the floor and put mine there!"