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Keri Hilson Talks Grammy Nomination, Shows Support for Kanye West

Wednesday night (Dec. 2) at the ‘Grammy Nominations Live!’ telecast Taylor Swift, who took home eight nominations, was one of the most talked about artists in the press room backstage. Conversely, one Kanye West, who had a pretty good night himself with six nods, didn’t come up much. But one artist offered her support for West, even if she knew it might not be popular. “Somebody might hate me for this, but I have to say Kanye West was up there,” Keri Hilson told the press when asked for her favorite albums of 2009.

West was in some pretty good company as Hilson said she’s also rooting for “my label mate Lady Gaga” and the Black Eyed Peas. But Hilson did have a hard time concentrating on others. “All I can think about is myself right now,” she said laughing.

And with good reason. She gathered two nominamtions herself, including one for the very prestigious Best New Artist. “I did have a feeling tonight would be a good night,” she said, drawing on the BEP theme of the night. How did she find out about the nods? “My manager showed me on a text message she received just as the show was ending.”

Hilson admitted to being overwhelmed by the honors. “I’m still kind of flustered, tearing on the inside, trying not to ruin my makeup kind of thing,” she said. “It’s really been a year of many dreams come true for me. This is the crème de la crème so far.”

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