Carlos Santana Snares Record 9 Grammy AwardsAired February 24, 2000 - 2:57 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Carlos Santana is living proof that it is possible to resurrect a career in the field of entertainment.
NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: CNN's Mark Scheerer was there for Santana's big night. Here's a wrap of last night's Grammy Awards.
MARK SCHEERER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It was a Santana celebration: 52-year-old guitarist Carlos Santana saw his hit album "Supernatural" snare a record nine Grammy awards, including the hat trick of major ones, song of the year, "Smooth," album of the year and record of the year. The spiritually-oriented musician said he wanted to use the awards as a platform for promoting joy.
CARLOS SANTANA, MUSICIAN: For me, that's the most important thing, is to utilize music to bring harmony, equality, justice, beauty and grace upon this planet.
SCHEERER: The telecast's emcee, Rosie O'Donnell, made light of the sometimes spiritual nature of acceptance speeches.
ROSIE O'DONNELL, COMEDIENNE: ... I'd just like to tell all the winners, I bumped into God backstage and he said, you're welcome.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We bumped into God also and he said, don't forget to thank me when you get up there.
SCHEERER: TLC took the second most awards: three, including R&B album of the year.
Nashville's Dixie Chicks won two Grammys, including best country album.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Like the words in one of my favorite Shawn Colvin songs, "if there were no music, I would not get through."
SCHEERER: Sting ran his Grammy total to 14, both solo and with The Police, by copping two statuettes.
Erykah Badu, who won in the rap field by collaborating with Philadelphia's roots, collaborated on stage with Diana Krall, whose two Grammys made her future in jazz even brighter.
DIANA KRALL, SINGER It's hard to have a crystal ball, but I think already I've seen that opportunities have opened up.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALES: Christina Aguilera.
SCHEERER: Just as 19-year-old Christina Aguilera was surprised, so were many of the experts who had decided the best new artist race was between Britney Spears and Macy Gray.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA, SINGER: I saw my favorite female vocalist, actually, Mariah Carey, win this when I was 8- or 9-years-old, and hopefully I'll have success to follow.
SCHEERER: On this night, all Grammy winners could only hope their success lasts as long as Carlos Santana's.
Mark Scheerer, CNN Entertainment News, Los Angeles.
ALLEN: Good for him.
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