Finalists Selected to Compete for Grammy Performance With Justin Timberlake





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Finalists Selected to Compete for Grammy Performance With Justin Timberlake  1/15/07


Music Fans Can Now Vote Online to Choose The Top 5 Finalists For The Next Round in “My GRAMMY Moment” Campaign

After evaluating thousands of video submissions from unsigned artists, a VIP Blue Ribbon panel has selected the Top 12 finalists in the “My GRAMMY Moment” campaign who will compete for a performance with multi-GRAMMY Award nominee Justin Timberlake, it was announced today by The Recording Academy. The winning performance will be seen on THE 49th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS,” Sunday, Feb. 11 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The historic opportunity for unsigned artists to vie for a special performance slot on the awards show will now be in the hands of music fans. The public can log on to Yahoo! Music ( to view the video submissions, bios and photos of the 12 hopefuls, and vote for their Top 5 favorites. The results of this round will be announced on January 17.

Fans will continue to narrow the field from five to three finalists by online voting at Yahoo! Music. The three finalists will be announced during Super Bowl weekend and each will rehearse with Timberlake during GRAMMY Week in Los Angeles. The public will choose their favorite performer via online and text message votes during THE 49th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS. The winner will be announced live on the show before his or her “GRAMMY Moment” with Timberlake.

Following are the Top 12 Finalists:

  • Candace Devine (27), Burbank , Calif.
  • Amanda Dunn (26), Charlotte , N.C.
  • Jillian Gaudious (25), Long Branch , N.J.
  • Candice Jackson (25), Austin , Texas
  • Jessica James (18), Warner Robins , Ga.
  • Africa Miranda (30), Montgomery , Ala.
  • David Moore (18), Orlando , Fla.
  • Brenda Radney (22), Staten Island , N.Y.
  • Phillip Ray (28), Oakland , Calif.
  • Jayne Rio (20), Vallejo , Calif.
  • Robyn Troup (18), Houston
  • Mandy Ventrice (21), Pittsburg , Calif.

Biographical information on the Top 12 Finalists appears near the end of the release.

Voting and Performance Information

· Viewers and fans will have the opportunity to view the Top 12 videos and vote online for their favorites beginning today at Yahoo! Music.

· Top 5 Artists will be announced Jan. 17. Online voting will continue.

· Top 3 Artists will be announced during Super Bowl weekend and each will rehearse with Justin Timberlake in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week. Online voting will continue.

· Viewers and fans will have the chance to vote for the final performer on Feb. 11, 2007 on or via text message from 8:00 to 10 PM/ ET during the GRAMMY Awards telecast.

· The final performer will be announced as the world watches and will join the stage for his/her ultimate GRAMMY Moment with Justin Timberlake.

· Users can log on directly to or to Yahoo! Music to access the video submissions, video viewing and voting site:

About the Submission/Selection Process

· Unsigned artists in the U.S. — 18 years of age and older — were asked to submit a 60-second video clip online to Yahoo! Music of an a cappella performance of one of nine GRAMMY Award-winning songs:

o "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), or "Vision Of Love" (originally performed by Mariah Carey).

· Thousands of video submissions were judged and whittled down to 12 by a VIP Blue Ribbon Committee made up of singers, songwriters, producers, music industry execs, as well as key executives from The Recording Academy.


Source: CBS Press Release



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