Be Heard: Grammy® Amplifier and CenterStage Campaigns.

February 10, 2013

Many of you who visit often know I’m passionate about helping new artists succeed.  So it’s no surprise that I’m a part of two Grammy® programs right now, to do just that.

Leading up to award show tomorrow, I have been one of the curators of a program designed by The Grammys® to spread the word about fresh new talent.  The other curators include RZA, Kelly Clarkson, Ozzy Osbourne, Jim James, Kaskade, and Snoop.  Today, I’ll be tweeting links to some of the artists I think are great, as part of that program, so make sure to follow me on Twitter (@mikeshinoda) to hear some great new music today.

The “Amplifier” program has been a hit with the Grammy folks, and as such, they’ve decided to do more than just shout out the artists.  So we just announced a new campaign called CenterStage.

Whereas with “Amplifier,” the prize was a tweet by a popular artist to their fanbase, “CenterStage” aims to prove a dream experience for an emerging artist, including things like studio time with Grammy® producers and engineers, an opening slot on a tour or festival, and a music video.  The Grammy network of artists and talent is as deep as it gets, so it’s clear that the people the winners will be paired up with will be spectacular.

Sign up, encourage your friends, spread the word.  CenterStage is an incredible opportunity for a brand new talent to get their big break.  Go to to sign up and vote.



  1. maidin810 on March 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Cover linkinpark – in the end (yahiko pain the akatsuki)

    please visit and like

  2. cleopatrashinoda on March 6, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    We will be magical again. Tell Anna I said, “Hi”. That is a white trash curse for us not to speak. I have a mean dialect that I don’t know if I should be spitting, but it feels good to say what I initially thought about her $10 Wal-Mart dress she was photographed with you in. I was like, “OMG, eh, who is he with, it’s her I thought she was”- and your hair was flat and your chi was like mine and THEY MADE YOU HOLD HANDS. I WANT YOU BACK. I got your address that is available online, on the #myhonda street. My Honda is better. LOL. Wish I still had it.

  3. cleopatrashinoda on March 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Hi, Mike.

    I am sick of living this fake life. My nose isn’t that overwhelming in person. I don’t look like a dirt weasel in person, I just shaved my head last week, like a week ago, so it’s really short. I miss my son and I am now tricked into staying with my mother, though I will have pictures of my son soon.

    Please, our 2 bad@sses that have been cursed- my brother is trying to help. This is a sinkhole, and I don’t know how long I’ll be able to put up with it- I would rather take a bus and chance it in NYC, being with people who are unrelated to me, but related to my spiritual self in essence of what is.

    I miss you… I wish we had more to joke about.

  4. yanchy on February 24, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Hey! 🙂

  5. kattoda on February 16, 2013 at 2:00 am

    That’s amazing that you help young artist to find themselfs in the music industry, because not everyone have the possibility to show out, let the world know about them. And yeah, you are a good example for new bands: you fought for your rights to be yourself, not to be like the other band were, bring your sound to the world. You changed the world, really! And now the new bands looking at you would believe that everything in this world is possible. That’s great, go on!

  6. ash4rox on February 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Hey Mike!
    I love how you want to help young artists to become like you guys ❤
    Please tell me what you think of my piano cover for Loatr / Sotd / Iridescent!


  7. shoegaze4u on February 14, 2013 at 2:45 am

    I like that idea of CenterStage also. But contrary to the GAMMY Amplifier project, it’s difficult to find an appropriate artist for my music taste here.

    There are no genre categories or other orientations. Instead you have to type the name of the artist you are looking for. But that requires, that you already know who you are looking for. And I don’t 😉
    I hope, that CenterStage will improve that page. It’s a good idea!

  8. cleopatrashinoda on February 14, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Oh, and I’m eating well. There is some normalcy around here. I Love you. I can’t wait to play with you.

  9. cleopatrashinoda on February 14, 2013 at 12:23 am

    We almost connected… I’m awake. I set the alarm on my phone that way I will get up and go to yoga. I bought a cute grey sweatshirt that says “True Love” and another that says “Rock Star” in royal blue from WalMart. They were 5 bucks each… Bob Larsen talked to my mom today… I’m going to sleep off his fame to others and then reach out to him. Maybe he can carry me limp and put me in your arms. I also bought a knit princess hat for my cold noggin and a green button down small mens shirt for when I have to be khaki presentable to turn in my job applications. I love you. I will work in a grease pit for my family.

  10. cleopatrashinoda on February 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Hi. I made it to VA. I have to take lessons on how to be a lady. I got an Agora Hills address for you, I just don’t want to be stupidly showing up at a heartless person’s beckon when I am searching for you. I’m not good with these things, but I am being programmed. I ordered Austin an ID bracelet and flowers for Valentines Day. I am afraid of the clowns. Mike, I love you. I might get a job at a restaurant around here to have a back up plan in case a door gets slammed in my face. My goal is to intercept Peter…

  11. evsrecording on February 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Hey Mike, I know you get this a lot but I could use some words of honesty & wisdom. Being that you are great at what you do, and have worked with giants in the industry… what can I do to improve my overall voice in music. I’ve have had multiple meeting with labels & A&R including your old buddy Jeff Blue, and have been told I’m good, just don’t know where I fit.

    Any help or advice is appreciated. Just think as if this is the earlier Mike Shinoda trying to make the most of his music.

    – Thanks

  12. Stephany on February 12, 2013 at 7:45 am

    To my Hapa Bruddha from another Mutha! 😉 Happy Belated Birthday Mike! Hope you had a great one!

  13. CamaroLp on February 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I want to wish you happy birthday. I wish you more inspiration, interisting ideas and of course happiness and love.
    Thanks for visiting Ukraine, many wonderful new music (also thank you for that list of best music 2012 year – I didn’t know that great group The Hundred In The Hands) and thank you for that you are.
    Happy birthday

  14. gatsie on February 11, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I’ll be sure to inform the pink elephant about this project. Very nice.

    And happy birthday 🙂

  15. gal67 on February 11, 2013 at 8:50 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! I am proud to say that I am your fan! I wish you the best:) keep on doing what you do the best and that is creating music to help us all!
    you are an inspiration for everyone even if its wierd to say all this to a person I never see or know very well, I know enough to say you are my savior you’r super talented and you help everyone I wish I could do more for your birthday becous you dserve alot more!!!!!!! you full with an amazing ideas and you’r allways share things with your fans! so HAPPY BIRTHDAY:)

  16. flaviafolchito on February 11, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Very cool what you do..and happy birthday :)you’re my inspiration!!

  17. BegucceDelStar on February 11, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Happy birthday Mike. Here’s my blog, you made me start this. I’m proud of the person you are, it’s weird to say this because I don’t know you but what I mean is that… As a fan I’m proud of the person you are to the world, you make us want to do something, to act and congrats for that, there are not many people out there that can do that: reaching teens. Happy birthday!

  18. ves13 on February 11, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I know this isn’t exactly a comment to your entry but still … Happy Birthday Mike … keep the strength of the sun. Vesna

  19. mahshidshinoda on February 11, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Happy birthday Mike 😀

  20. shoegaze4u on February 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I love that Grammy Amplifier project, even if the site doesn’t work perfect. I found a bunch of artitst who are worth to explore deeper. It’s great!

    The only thing I don’t like is, that only the artist’s with most votes have the chance to win. That means, that only popular music is able to make it. While niche genres naturally won’t get that many votes. And I saw a lot good bands there with less than 100 votes.

    Just take a look at tweets with #AmbassadorShinoda . You should have got some good recommendations. And I’am curious for yours 🙂

  21. YoMarquesLP on February 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Great work! This is an awesome idea and a great opportunity for new artists, can’t wait to see the links you’ll be tweeting 🙂

  22. michelle2014 on February 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    So cool mike!
    And by the way 🎉HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY🎉

  23. parisafakour on February 10, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Mike! YOU ARE A GREAT MAN! I always say this and I will keep saying…
    It’s a nice idea, you give too much energy to these new artists by supporting them, nice work 🙂

  24. dcl1982 on February 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    This sounds like a great thing you are doing! Keep up the good work.

  25. NephthysPhoenix on February 10, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I think it’s great that you are doing all this to help support new and upcoming artists! Keep up the good work!

  26. evooba on February 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    That’s pretty awesome for new musicians trying to expand their sound and make it better and eventually make a big deal if they’re good enough and have many fans.
    Must be cool to have someone like you who knows so much about the music industry itself and the way things works in a studio. The winners will be damn lucky!
    This project kind of reminds me of something you did a while back with Wemix, I think it was called, and went in to the studio with some folks and helped them produce a new song.

  27. nine84 on February 10, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Thats great !It awesome how you help and support other young artists and talents!! Thanky you

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