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A group of 26 students from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut perform America the Beautiful during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Pregame Show at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Children from Newtown who recently recorded a version of Over the Rainbow will be singing for the Grammy Awards.

Newtown Music Project director Sabrina Post says American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will fly to Connecticut to do a live segment with the children for Sunday's broadcast.

Post says a pre-recorded version of Over the Rainbow will be shown and the children will do a live performance of Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe.

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Post says the kids recorded the song made famous by The Wizard of Oz because they wanted to help the town heal from the tragedy in December when a gunman massacred 26 first-graders and their teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown.

The proceeds from the download of the single will benefit the Newtown Youth Academy. The non-profit sports center opened free programs to Newtown children after the shooting and hopes to expand free programming.

Newtown children have been singing their hearts out in recent days. On Sunday at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, a group of 26 kids from Sandy Hook formed a choir behind singer Jennifer Hudson to help deliver an emotional America the Beautiful to start off the game.

On Saturday, kids from the choir sang the national anthem before the NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Associated Press

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