By SANDY COHEN
LOS ANGELES — Texas teenager Robyn Troup got a taste of fame — and a super 19th birthday present — as the winner of ‘‘My Grammy Moment,’’ a talent contest that culminated live during the Grammy Awards last night. ...
The petite brunette college student was among three finalists competing for a chance to sing with Justin Timberlake on the Grammy stage. Each of the finalists — Troup, Africa Miranda and Brenda Radney — rehearsed with Timberlake and attended the Grammy show.
Seconds after Troup was named the contest winner, she took the stage with Timberlake, singing a medley of ‘‘Ain’t No Sunshine’’ and ‘‘My Love.’’ Grammy-winning rapper T.I. hopped in about halfway through.
‘‘This is the most amazing thing that’s ever happened to me,’’ Troup said backstage. ‘‘I was so prepared for them to say somebody else. I had my game face on and everything.’’
The Houston native, who cites Aaliyah and Beyonce among her influences, said the performance was ‘‘a blur.’’
‘‘I just zoned in on Mary J. Blige,’’ Troup said of the multiple-Grammy winner seated near the stage. ‘‘She was right there and she’s such an inspiration to me.’’
Thousands submitted videos of a capella performances to be considered for the contest. Judges narrowed the race to 12 finalists and online voters further slimmed the competition. Grammy viewers sent text messages during the show to select the winner.
Recording Academy President Neil Portnow hinted that the contest could become a regular component of the show.
‘‘Every year, we get a blank canvas to paint on,’’ he said. ‘‘We may do something like this. We may vary it. We may change it. We’ll [look] tomorrow and see how we do.’’