Twelve students from John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica were special guests at the Sixth Annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium Thursday, November 3rd.

The seventh- and eighth-graders were selected to attend the award show because of their achievements in a Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program and their interest in pursuing musical careers.

The Valued Youth Program enlists middle school and high school students to volunteer as tutors for elementary school students who are struggling in class.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide this opportunity to some very special students,” said Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.

Headquartered in Santa Monica and established in 1957, The Recording Academy — also known as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Incorporated — is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers, and recording professionals.

The Recording Academy produces the Grammys.

The Grammy Foundation is one of two charitable affiliates of The Recording Academy.