March 28, 2016 02:15 PM

is speaking out about her vocal surgery nightmare late last year.

“I felt like I was going through a crisis,” Trainor, 22, says in a new interview on iHeartRadio’s Most Requested Live. “I had to get rid of my cats or else my doctor wouldn’t do my surgery because you’re allergic.”

She continues: “I was on top of the world after ‘All About That Bass,’ and then I was at the bottom. I would write in my journal, ‘Is this real life?'”

Trainor even reached out to a famous friend for advice. “I texted Sam Smith: ‘Should I get this done and fix this now and get it over with?'” says Trainor. “Sam promised I would sing better then ever if I got the surgery.”

And Smith – who recovered from vocal cord surgery last year – was right. “Once my voice came back, it was stronger than ever!” Trainor shares.

The “No” hitmaker also discusses her emotional reaction to winning the best new artist Grammy in February. After tearing up at the mic, she was overwhelmed with the realization that she’s now a member of the winners circle.

Meghan Trainor at the 2016 Grammys

“You go under the stage – it was a weird sight only artists get to see,” explains Trainor, whose second studio album Thank You drops May 13. “I remember Ed Sheeran was down there and said, ‘Bit crazy, you got a Grammy!'”

Then the celebration commenced. “[My] mom and dad got a bottle of champagne – I don’t know how they got it that quick!” she says. “It’s like they knew. My dad made a toast: ‘They will now announce you as Grammy winning and not Grammy nominated,’ and then we went out and got a pizza!”

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