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Grammys spread the virtual love with Katy Perry

January 5, 2009 |  8:05 pm

Last year, the Grammy Awards invited fans to win an opportunity to play along with the Foo Fighters. The year before, the Grammys gave a young Robyn Troup the chance to sing and dance with Justin Timberlake. And this year, fans will have the opportunity to sing-along with Katy Perry during a performance of "I Kissed a Girl."

But don't get too excited. There won't be any possibility to actually lock lips with the supposedly recently single pop star. The 2009 edition of the now annual "My Grammy Moment" contest is virtual only, as Grammy producers and CBS are tapping users to help create a segment on the telecast.

Beginning today, and lasting through Jan. 22, fans can upload a 30- to 60-second audio clip of them singing along to Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" to the CBS website. CBS will announce the top-20 videos the following day on Jan. 23, and fan voting will commence through Feb. 6. The Grammys announced the contest via its Twitter feed and posted details on its Facebook page.

According to the CBS site, there is some cash involved as well, with the grand-prize winner taking home $5,000. Users can submit up to three videos, and the finalists will be part of a video montage as Perry performs "I Kissed a Girl," which was the fourth-best-selling digital track of 2008 at 2.6 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan. 

Many expected Perry to snare a best new artist nomination, but she scored only one Grammy nod. "I Kissed a Girl" was recognized in the best female pop vocal performance category. She describes the contest in the below clip:

-Todd Martens

Photo: Associated Press