Santana Expected to Take Home Several GrammysAired February 23, 2000 - 1:25 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: If you have never heard the name Carlos Santana, tune into the Grammy Awards show tonight and you just might hear his name a lot.
NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: If you've been around a while, you've probably heard of him. Well, the smart money expects Santana to take home several of the music industry's top awards after 30-plus years in the business. But you never know.
And Jim Moret's got the tough assignment to cover the Grammys. He joins us now from Los Angeles.
Hi there, Jim.
JIM MORET, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know, it really is a tough assignment, and anyone who thinks that entertainment is glamorous should be down here at the Staples Center right now.
Shawn (ph), if you could pan up here, tilt up.
You're looking at some of the work going on here trying to keep the wet weather off of the celebrities that are due to arrive here in just a few hours. The awnings are, unfortunately, not doing very much. Over to my left is the red carpet, and, generally, the Grammys are noted for the outrageous fashions. Tonight, I have a sense you'll be seeing more raincoats than outrageous fashions.
But this is the Grammy Awards, the site, the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, some 14,000 seats, all of them sold out for some time. The most expensive seats that were sold went for $950. There are also 120 luxury suites going for upwards of $40,000.
But, Lou and Natalie, as you indicated, many people are suggesting that the Grammys should be renamed the "Santana Awards" because Carlos Santana and his album, "Supernatural," nominated for 10 Grammys.
Let's give you a taste of one of the songs from that album: "Smooth."
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "SMOOTH")
ROB THOMAS, MUSICIAN (singing): ... melt everyone, but you stay so cool. (END VIDEO CLIP)
MORET: "Smooth" was the first single released from that album, which has already sold upwards of 12 million copies worldwide.
Let's go down some of the categories. First, for Record of the Year, "I Want it That Way" by the Backstreet Boys; "Believe" by Cher; "Livin' La Vida Loca," Ricky Martin -- you remember he made quite a splash here last year at the Grammys -- "Smooth," which you just heard, Santana, featuring Rob Thomas; and "No Scrubs" by TLC.
The next category we're going to review for you, Song of the year, which is actually a songwriters award as opposed to an artist and producers award, "I Want it That Way," performed by the Backstreet Boys; "Livin' La Vida Loca." by Ricky Martin; "Smooth," Santana, featuring Rob Thomas; "Unpretty," by TLC; and "You've Got a Way."
Let's give you another taste of another multiple nominee, the Back Street Boys.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "I WANT IT THAT WAY")
BACKSTREET BOYS (singing): You are my fire, the one desire; believe when I say...
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MORET: This song from the "Millennium" album that has sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.
Let's run down Album of the Album of the Year category, another major category: "Millennium," the Backstreet Boys; "Fly," by the Dixie Chicks; "When I Look in Your Eyes," by Diana Krall; "Supernatural," Santana; and "Fanmail," TLC.
And the betting money is that Santana will collect a majority of the 10 nominations. Some of the critics are suggesting he could walk away with six. But the big story outside the arena at this point, and clearly for all of the people coming down to the arena tonight, is the rain.
Lou, Natalie, back to you.
ALLEN: All right, no rain coats. That's the reason why so many people watch.
WATERS: Boy, that's tough: raining on celebrities.
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