Sam Hunt has been announced as one of the celebrity curators for the 2016 Grammy Amplifier program.

The fast-rising country star will join Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Big Sean and Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale as curators for the online music initiative, which offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to aspiring musicians via a partnership between Hyundai and the Recording Academy. Musicians can submit their work at the Grammy Amplifier website, where they can then drive traffic to "amplify" their submissions.

The program is now open to submissions, which will continue through Dec. 16. A Top 25 list of semi-finalists will be selected on Dec. 16, based on total track plays and social media amplification. Those semi-finalists will then continue to earn plays and amplifications through Jan. 4, when a final group of 10 will be submitted to the curators. That group of 10 finalists will fly to Los Angeles to participate in a Music Business Immersion Day, which will help to educate them about social media promotion, copyrights, publishing and more.

The curators will select the final three winners, who will be announced during Grammy week in February of 2016. They will receive one of three prizes: an in-studio recording session with a Grammy Award-winning producer, a music video from a noted director or an opening slot for a noted artist and/or series of music festival shows. Since its inception, the Grammy Amplifier program has exceeded 11 million YouTube views for Amplifier winners.

"I’m honored to be part of a program where I can help elevate new and emerging talent,” Hunt says in a press release. “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.”

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