The Recording Academy isn't just looking back on 2006, it's looking ahead to see who's the next music star. The organization, which puts on the Grammys, announced "My GRammy Moment" today — an opportunity for unsigned artists to vie for a performance with Justin Timberlake at the 49th annual Grammy Awards in February. Fans will choose the lucky performer online at Yahoo! Music.
How to submit
Beginning today, singers — 18 years and older, U.S. residents, and not signed (nor ever been signed) to an independent or major record label — can submit a 60-second video of him/her singing one of the following Grammy-winning songs only (must be a cappella with no music or background track whatsoever):
• "If I Ain't Got You" (originally performed by Alicia Keys)
• "Breathe" (originally performed by Faith Hill)
• "Come To My Window" (originally performed by Melissa Etheridge)
• "What's Love Got To Do With It" (originally performed by Tina Turner)
• "Dance With My Father" (originally performed by Luther Vandross)
• "Cry Me A River" (originally performed by Justin Timberlake)
• "Respect" (originally performed by Aretha Franklin)
• "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" (originally performed by Whitney Houston)
• "Vision Of Love" (originally performed by Mariah Carey).
Videos should be submitted and uploaded to Yahoo! Music, no later than 10:59 p.m. Chicago time Jan. 3.
They will be judged by a VIP Blue Ribbon Committee made up of singers, songwriters, producers, music industry execs, as well as key executives from The Recording Academy.
Rules and Regulations can be found here.
How to vote
Top 12 Artists announced Jan. 8. Viewers and fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites at Yahoo! Music.
Top 5 Artists announced Jan. 16. Voting will continue.
Top 3 Artists announced Super Bowl weekend.
Top 3 Artists will each rehearse with Justin Timberlake during rehearsals the week leading up to the Grammys.
Viewers and fans can vote for the final performer during the broadcast on Feb. 11, 2007 at CBS.com or via text messaging until 9 p.m. CST. The final performer will be announced as the world watches and will join the stage for the ultimate Grammy moment with Justin Timberlake.