Singers, dancers, drummers, guitarists, pianists, and poets perform on the main stage of NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The winner takes home a $1,000 prize, but every performer goes down in NYU history. Watch some of the best moments from the 2017 competition featuring host Alaska, from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and famous judges Sasheer Zamata, Todrick Hall, Kimiko Glenn, and Phoebe Ryan.

NYU Ultraviolet Live 2017

And to get a sense of just how talented our students are, listen to one of the amazing voices from the past year’s competition, Jackie Paladino. She is a singer-songwriter who is currently a senior Drama major at the Tisch School of the Arts. Here are some of her most recent compositions produced by the talented Tyrone Corbett, Chris Griffin, Foxen, Gino Lee, and Ill Factor.