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CNN Today

Carlos Santana Man of the Hour in This Year's Grammy Nominations

Aired January 4, 2000 - 1:54 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Carlos Santana the man of the hour as this year's Grammy nominees were announced.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Hot new CD out by them, and the veteran rocker led everyone else with ten nominations.

CNN's Mark Scheerer is in New York with a look at this year's contenders.

MARK SCHEERER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hello, Natalie and Lou. Thank you very much. And you are right, the Grammys rewarded both new artists and veteran performers, like Carlos Santana, when they announced their nominees earlier this morning.

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BRITNEY SPEARS, SINGER: I'm very -- just being able to be here to do the announcement is such an honor, so to be nominated is amazing. So I'm really, really excited.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

SCHEERER: That was Britney Spears, who was nominated for Best New Artist. We weren't supposed to hear from her just now.

But let me back up a little bit and tell you that Carlos Santana led the way. His album, "Supernatural," which came out earlier this summer, picked up, among other things, among those 10 nominations, the nominations for Best New Artist and Album of the Year. Carlos Santana, of course, has been around since the '60s and the '70s, and yet his only prior Grammy win came for an instrumental back in 1988. So the Academy -- the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences playing catchup in the case of Carlos Santana with 10 nominations.

You better "believe," by the way, that another veteran artist, Cher, was nominated for Record of the Year, her single "Believe," which leaves her with the chance to take home her first Grammy ever.

Nominees for Best Album include the Backstreet Boys' "Millennium," "Fly" from the Dixie Chicks, their second album, "When I look Into Your Eyes," by jazz artist Diana Krall. And this is an interesting -- kind of a surprise because the Best New Album nominations don't usually recognize jazz albums. The aforementioned "Supernatural" is in the category Best New Album by Santana. And finally, by TLC, one of the group's sixth nominations, "Fanmail" -- I'm sorry -- is the name of the album.

Britney Spears, who we heard before, is just was one of two teen princesses who have been nominated for Best New Artist. She will be sort of slugging it out with Christina Aguilera, who was also nominated. She's another teen pop sensation.

Also from the Best New Artist list, we find Macy Gray, a new sort of neo-soul singer, and Michigan wild man Kid Rock is nominated for Best New Artist.

And here's one of the surprises of the day: Susan Tedeschi, a young Bonnie Raitt-ish blues singer from Massachusetts was a surprise pick in Best New Artist category.

The winners will be announced February 23 in Los Angeles.

So that's a wrap up from here in New York. I'm Mark Scheerer. Back to you in Atlanta.

WATERS: And, Mark, most of us are familiar with Carlos Santana, of course, from the '60s, as you mentioned. How do explain, or do you have a thumb-nail sketch of this renaissance from this -- I guess you could call him old-time rocker, and being so successful in the late '90s?

SCHEERER: Well, we're all happy for Carlos. It took the intervention, shall we put it, of Clive Davis, the head of Arista Records, who said, let's pair him up with contemporary artists like Wycliffe John (ph) and Lauryn Hill, and Rob Thomas from Matchbox 20 and see what happens. What happens was a huge selling album called "Supernatural." It sold, I believe, between 5 and 6 million copies so far. So it's a big -- it could be a big night in February for Carlos.

WATERS: It certainly could be. Mark Scheerer, thanks so much.

ALLEN: Thanks, Mark.

WATERS: One of those copies belongs to me.

ALLEN: And me too.

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