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Singer Jennifer Hudson performs "America the Beautiful" with The Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir, from Newtown, Connecticut, prior to the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES  - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL ENTERTAINMENT)

Singer Jennifer Hudson performs "America the Beautiful" with The Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir, from Newtown, Connecticut, prior to the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL ENTERTAINMENT)

Singer Jennifer Hudson performs "America the Beautiful" with The Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir, from Newtown, Connecticut, prior to the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL ENTERTAINMENT)

A GROUP of children from Newtown, Connecticut who recently recorded a version of Over The Rainbow are preparing for a live appearance during the Grammy Awards preshow on Sunday.

The group of 21 kids, some of whom attend Sandy Hook Elementary School, recorded the song last month with singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson at the Fairfield, Connecticut, home of Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, two former members of the Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club rock bands.

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will be flying a crew to Connecticut and plans to interview the children via satellite during the E! Network's Live From the Red Carpet preshow.

The children will also be singing Carly Rae Jepsen's hit song, Call Me Maybe.

Positive

Sabrina Post, who runs a performing arts school in Newtown and directs the group, said the youngsters wanted to do something with their talent to honour their friends and neighbours who died in the December 14 massacre at the school.

"This opportunity to do something positive lets the kids know that although a lot of things happen in our world that are not pleasant, like this that happened with us in Newtown, there are many giving people and wonderful things that can come out of life," she said.

"It teaches them to use their gifts to work through things."

The children have also sung on ABC's Good Morning America and at a benefit concert that featured Paul Simon and Johnny Winter.

The Grammy performance follows Sunday's appearance by another group of Newtown children at the Super Bowl.

Jennifer Hudson joined a chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing America The Beautiful before the game.

Copies of Over The Rainbow are being sold on Amazon and iTunes.

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