The 2016 winners will be selected by Amplifier curators: GRAMMY®-nominated hip-hop artist Big Sean, GRAMMY winner Lzzy Hale, lead singer and guitarist of hard-rock band Halestorm, and rising country superstar Sam Hunt. The program curators will sort and listen to submissions and select three winners, who will each receive one of three prize packages: a studio recording session with a GRAMMY- winning producer; an opening slot for a noted artist and/or a series of festival shows; or the filming of a music video with a celebrated director.
"GRAMMY Amplifier is an amazing program that not only inspires and encourages new artists, but also provides important resources that will help throughout their musical journey,” said Big Sean. “The Internet is an incredible tool and I know firsthand how it can help build an artist's career, profile and fan base."
"I’m honored to be part of a program where I can help elevate new and emerging talent,” said Hunt. “It wasn’t long ago I was an unknown artist, and I couldn’t be more grateful to the people who helped me with the tools I needed to start my career. I look forward to shining a light on these aspiring musicians.”
"Whether you’re a player, singer or songwriter, the GRAMMY Amplifier program can help you find your voice,” said Hale. “I've been in Halestorm for 18 years and I know that this is a really tough business that takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice, but it also requires great risk and a lot of determination proving yourself gig after gig. The talented artists that have entered this program in the past have received so much in the way of advice, but most of all they've been given an opportunity, and as musicians that is the one thing we all hunger for — the opportunity."