LATEST: Twelve finalist have been chosen to compete for the chance to perform with pop star Justin Timberlake at the Grammy Awards next month (FEB07).
The finalists in the 'My Grammy Moment' contest, which features unsigned artists, range in age from 18 to 30.
The 10 women and two men are from a wide range of US states including California, North Carolina, New Jersey, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and New York.
Recording Academy President Neil Portnow says, "We received an overwhelming number of video submissions and the top 12 finalists selected reflect a diverse group of talented individuals from across the country."
The top five finalists will be announced on 17 January (07) and the top three finalists will be announced during Super Bowl weekend in the US (ends04FEB07).
The final three will go on to rehearse with Timberlake in Los Angeles.
Fans will be allowed to vote via the internet and phone text messages during the 49th annual Grammy Awards on 11 February (07) and the winner will be announced live on the show just before his or her performance with the star.