Jazmine Sullivan (left) and Chris Martin Photo by: Sara De Boer / Retna; Fame
When five-time Grammy nominee Jazmine Sullivan hits the awards show for the
first time this year, she plans to make a beeline for one band only: Coldplay.
"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!"