Over 22,000 artists from around the world entered Vans' new Musicians Wanted program this year, which they describe as "an inclusive global platform that enables creative self-expression through music and provides a direct path for undiscovered artists to step into the limelight and gain global exposure." Today, Wednesday, December 9, 15 finalists will perform virtually, with all-star judges J.I.D, Bohan Phoenix, Nilüfer Yanya and Anderson .Paak awarding the #1 spot and 5 finalists, who will take home prizes including money, Vans & Fender products, and an opening slot for Anderson .Paak at House of Vans (pending COVID-19 circumstances). You can tune in, too; find more information about the finalists below, and watch on Vans.com.

THE FINALISTS:

From the Americas region, streaming at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT:
28-year old rapper and producer Charlee Parker
Philadelphia rock trio Total Rubbish
Los Angeles-based hip-hop artists Bando
Argentinian electro-pop group Lucia Tacchetti
Canadian hip-hop artist $tik.

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From the European region, streaming at 9 PM GMT:
rapper and producer JoeJas
19-year old British-Italian singer Nikaa
Verona, Italy pop-rock quartet Duck Baleno
grunge rock musician YGGL
British-Polish multi-instrumentalist and performer Nat.

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From the Asia-Pacific region, streaming at 8 PM HKT:
Seoul experimental rock group Num Num
Singapore rock band Ultra-Mega Cat Attack
Seoul DJ and producer H4RDY
Chinese underground hip-hop artists 龍胆紫PurpleSoul
Tokyo alternative rock-duo Niko Niko Tan Tan.

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