Unsigned Bands Reach Grammy Showcase

Feb. 26 [10:00 EST] -- In New York City, a town already swarming with Grammy attendees, three unsigned bands fresh from regional competitions arrived to play last Saturday night at the second national Grammy showcase. The event, sponsored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (a.k.a. the Grammy people), was designed unearth new commercial talent.

Saliva (a five-piece from Memphis), Maggie, Pierce, and E.J. (a trio from Philadelphia), and Save Ferris (who hail from the hinterlands of Orange County, California) squared off in the final round of the competition.

While all three finalists won money, equipment, and ticket to Wednesday night's Grammy Awards, Save Ferris walked off with top honors, and some free recording time.

Remember, MTV News will be on the air live Wednesday at 7 p.m. (an hour before the Grammy gala itself on CBS) with our "Backstage At The Grammy Awards" special, and at 11 p.m. Wednesday we'll have a live Grammy wrap-up.

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