Perform with Timberlake at the Grammys

Posted 12/18/2006 10:52 AM ET

By Jeff Christensen, AP
Justin Timberlake is hunting for an unsigned musical talent
to sing a duet with him on Grammy night.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Timberlake may have said Bye, Bye, Bye to his 'N Sync bandmates, but he's looking for a partner to sing with at the Grammys.

The Recording Academy, together with CBS Corp. and Yahoo Inc., is holding a contest to find an unsigned artist to perform with the 25-year-old SexyBack singer at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, to air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 11.

Contestants are being asked to submit a 60-second video clip of them singing one of nine songs selected by Timberlake, all of which have won Grammys.

A panel will whittle the contestants to 12, and then much like American Idol, regular people will be able to vote online to narrow the field to five, then three.

The three finalists will be announced during Super Bowl weekend, and will attend the Grammy Awards ceremony. During the show, the winner will be announced and hop on stage to sing with Timberlake.

The songs to be performed for the audition tape are: Alicia Keys' If I Ain't Got You, Luther Vandross' Dance With My Father, Melissa Etheridge's Come to My Window, Timberlake's Cry Me a River, Faith Hill's Breathe, Tina Turner's What's Love Got to Do With It, Aretha Franklin's Respect, Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance With Somebody and Mariah Carey's Vision of Love.
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