On Nov. 26, 2012, The Recording Academy and Hitlab launched the Emerging Artist Competition, giving unsigned artists or bands the opportunity to perform at the 4th Annual Social Media Rock Stars Summit during GRAMMY Week on Feb. 7 in Los Angeles. The competition invited up-and-coming artists worldwide to submit original music to www.hitlab.com.
The 10 finalists are James David (Los Angeles), Melissa Fuller (Nashville), Pamela Lajoie (Sainte-Sophie, Quebec), Ashley Martinez (Bradford, Ontario), Miss Mary (Bucharest, Romania), Jade Nova (Atlanta), Beaux Sanders (London), Savera And The Tapes (Los Angeles), Sarah Solovay (New York), and John Thomas (Stratford, Conn.).
Fans can now vote for their favorite artist online. A winner and one runner-up, which will be selected using a combination of online voting and a blue-ribbon panel, will be announced on Feb. 4. The winners will be flown to Los Angeles to perform at the Social Media Rock Stars Summit reception, and the performance will be streamed live on GRAMMY.com as part of The Academy's GRAMMY Live coverage. The winners will also attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards and official GRAMMY Celebration after-party on Feb. 10.
Fans can follow the contest winners' road to the GRAMMYs through the artists' dedicated blogs on GRAMMY.com during GRAMMY Week, and by voting for their favorite artist. Participating fans will be entered into a drawing to win a trip to attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 10 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.