``My GRAMMY® Moment 2008'' Down to Three Finalists Vying to Be ``Featured Performer'' in Foo Fighters Orchestra on 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards Feb. 10 on CBS

Fans Can Vote Now and During Telecast to Choose Their Favorite Instrumentalist Ann Marie Calhoun, Brian Fitzgerald or Tara Klein

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--()--Fifteen talented "My GRAMMY® Moment 2008" musicians have been chosen from the YouTube community to play with current five-time GRAMMY-nominated rock band the Foo Fighters as part of their orchestra created specifically for the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Beginning today, three of those top vote-getters Ann Marie Calhoun from Virginia, Brian Fitzgerald from Pennsylvania, and Tara Klein from Ohio will have the opportunity to compete for his/her once-in-a-lifetime "GRAMMY Moment" as a featured performer in the orchestra, it was announced today by The Recording Academy®. To view the video submissions of the Top 3 instrumentalists and vote for their favorite musician, music fans can log on to YouTube (www.youtube.com/mygrammymoment). Music fans also have the opportunity to vote via text messaging on the day of the GRAMMY Awards, Sunday, Feb. 10.

Top Three Finalists (in alphabetical order)

  • Ann Marie Calhoun (28, username: theboggster), Gordonsville, Va. Violin
  • Brian Fitzgerald (23, username: brianfitzrock), Coatesville, Penn. Violin
  • Tara Klein (27, username: taraklein1027), Cleveland, Ohio Cello

Arranging the orchestral piece and taking up the baton as special guest conductor will be Led Zeppelin's legendary multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones. Together, the Foo Fighters, Jones and this talented musical ensemble will provide the world with an entirely new take on the Foo Fighters' hit single "The Pretender." The segment, presented by Gibson Guitar, will take place outside in the new Nokia Plaza in the L.A. Live complex across from the STAPLES Center. The 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards, to be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles, is scheduled to be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). "My GRAMMY Moment 2008," sponsored by Chase, will have content also available across the CBS Audience Network and its more than 200 online partners.

"We are thrilled with the enormous amount of talent from the 'My GRAMMY Moment 2008' semi-finalists, and look forward to seeing them work together as an ensemble orchestra," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Even more exciting for one of the three finalists is having the opportunity-of-a-lifetime to showcase their musical talent to the world on Music's Biggest Night®."

Voting and Performance Information

  • Online voting: Online voting for the "featured performer" will take place now through Feb. 10, at 5:59 p.m. PT/8:59 p.m. ET at YouTube (www.youtube.com/mygrammymoment). Only one vote per email per day.
  • Text voting: Text voting, enabled by VeriSign, occurs on Feb. 10 (12:01 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET through the first hour of the live broadcast of the GRAMMY Awards at 5:59 p.m. PT/8:59 p.m. ET). The corresponding numbers for each finalist are (in alphabetical order):
  • Ann Marie Calhoun Text "1" to 81818
  • Brian Fitzgerald Text "2" to 81818
  • Tara Klein Text "3" to 81818
 
Fans can vote up to 10 times for their favorite finalist via text message. Only standard text messaging rates apply. Voters can check their wireless carrier for more details, or text "HELP" to the number 81818 for more information.
 
  • The featured instrumentalist will be announced live onstage during the telecast prior to his/her ultimate GRAMMY Moment with the Foo Fighters.

Top 15 in Foo Fighters Orchestra (in alphabetical order, Top 3 finalists noted with a star)

  • Luis Alberto (23, username: luisgma), Hattiesburg, Miss. Violin
  • *Ann Marie Calhoun (28, username: theboggster), Gordonsville, Va. Violin
  • Lisa Dondlinger (33, username: LisaGirl2008), Winnetka, Calif. Violin
  • *Brian Fitzgerald (23, username: brianfitzrock), Coatesville, Penn. Violin
  • Christine Wu (31, username: LAstrings), Santa Monica, Calif. Violin
  • Tina Guo (22, username: demix500), Sun Valley, Calif. Cello
  • Rami Hachache (18, username: totalrocketsauce), Los Angeles Trumpet
  • Jennifer Lynn (25, username: jenniebenn), Bonsall, Calif. Violin
  • Jeffrey Hughes (25, username: MaestroJeffHughes), Denver Violin
  • *Tara Klein (27, username: taraklein1027), Cleveland, Ohio Cello
  • Michelle Morales (27, username: michellecello), Chicago Cello
  • Emily Palen (29, username: Emilypalen), Oakland, Calif. Violin
  • Andrew Pearson (18, username: vonditchman), Batavia, Ill. Violin
  • Cameron Summers (23, username: casummers), New York, N.Y. Trumpet
  • Abigail Wilenksy (21, username: bonsaifir), Nashville Violin

About The Recording Academy

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. In its 50th year, The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.

About CBS Interactive and the CBS Audience Network

CBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation, oversees all CBS consumer interactive properties including CBS.com, CBSSports.com, CBSNews.com, CBS Mobile, CBS EyeLab, Last.fm, Wallstrip and the CBS Audience Network. Aiming to be the most widely distributed professional content on the Web, the CBS Audience Network complements the best news, entertainment and sports content with original programming and short-form content and provides an all-embracing opportunity for users to incorporate CBS clips into their profiles, Web sites, blogs, widgets, wikis and community pages. The CBS Audience Network consists of online partners such as AOL, Microsoft, CNET Networks, Comcast, Joost, Bebo, Netvibes, Sling Media and Veoh and social application partners including Automattic, Brightcove, Clearspring, DAVE Networks, Goowy Media, meebo, MeeVee, Musestorm, Ning, RockYou!, Slide, VideoEgg, Voxant and vSocial as well as Web sites from CBS's 29 owned television, 144 radio, and up to 183 affiliated stations.

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Contacts

The Recording Academy
Jaime Sarachit/Barb Dehgan, 310-392-3777
jaime.sarachit@grammy.com / barbd@grammy.com
or
CBS
Kate Fisher/Susan J. Marks
212-975-3818 / 323-575-2118
khfisher@cbs.com / susan.marks@tvc.cbs.com
or
YouTube
Jennifer Nielsen, 650-827-6169
press@youtube.com
or
Allison (Flerl) Fritz, 650-426-4649
aflerl@verisign.com

Contacts

The Recording Academy
Jaime Sarachit/Barb Dehgan, 310-392-3777
jaime.sarachit@grammy.com / barbd@grammy.com
or
CBS
Kate Fisher/Susan J. Marks
212-975-3818 / 323-575-2118
khfisher@cbs.com / susan.marks@tvc.cbs.com
or
YouTube
Jennifer Nielsen, 650-827-6169
press@youtube.com
or
Allison (Flerl) Fritz, 650-426-4649
aflerl@verisign.com