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Subway performers take over Grand Central Terminal during pre-Grammy event

The focus was on New York City’s underground talent Sunday hours before the hottest names in the music industry congregated at Madison Square Garden for the 60th anniversary of the Grammy Awards.

An event held by streaming app Live.Me took several of the city’s subway performers off the platform to perform on a pop-up stage at a Grand Central Terminal event hosted by Wyclef Jean. The singers, dancers and musicians were chosen from more than 100 local artists who participated in the app’s performance competition earlier this month.

The Hot Hand Band and Waffle Crew, both Brooklyn-based, Leggoh LaBeija and others were asked to perform ahead of the Grammys because they had the most popular performance videos during the competition, which streamed live from subway stations across the city, according to Live.Me. Folk singer Natalie Gelman from the West Village was awarded the top prize — $20,000 and tickets to the Grammys ceremony — on Sunday.

Here’s a look at the performances that lit up Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central.

Sean Kirkland, 26, and members of Brooklyn's Waffle
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Sean Kirkland, 26, and members of Brooklyn's Waffle Crew flipped, sang and danced through their stage time during the event.

Kirkland and the group turned Grand Central into
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Kirkland and the group turned Grand Central into their own freestyle space.

Jazz/funk group the Hot Band, from Brooklyn, brought
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Jazz/funk group the Hot Band, from Brooklyn, brought some New Orleans flare to Manhattan.

The performance by Leggoh LaBeija and the Gurlz
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The performance by Leggoh LaBeija and the Gurlz featured four high-energy dancers and a hip-hop sound.

Dancer Leggoh LaBeija and the Gurlz were met
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Dancer Leggoh LaBeija and the Gurlz were met with cheers.

Leggoh LaBeija describes his music style as
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Leggoh LaBeija describes his music style as "ballroom mashup."

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