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Grammy Nominations Announced

Aired January 3, 2001 - 1:47 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: It's music day out there in Los Angeles, the Grammy nominations coming our way.

NATALIE ALLEN: And an interesting mix of names are on the list of nominations. There's a little something for everyone, we're told, from teenagers to their parents.

WATERS: I'll be the judge of that.

ALLEN: Yes. Jim Moret can tell us more about it. He is live from Beverly Hills with all the latest on who is making news in the music world -- Jim.

JIM MORET, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Natalie, Lou. And it's nice to hear that Eminem is one of Natalie's favorites. Eminem is also a favorite here with the Academy, nominated for four Grammys, including for the Best Album of the Year. That, "The Marshall Mathers LP," and we have a little clip of the "Marshall Mathers LP." This is a video from that.

Eminem extremely controversial, and critically and financially quite a success this year; and there was a lot speculation of whether he'd receive many nominations, or any, and indeed, he received four.

Madonna, a veteran of these awards, was nominated for three, including Record of the Year for Music and Best Female Pop/Vocal Performance. Madonna has been here before. She is a staple of the music industry, and indeed, she will be back here again, February 21, when the Grammy nominations -- Grammy awards are actually handed out.

Let's go to another veteran: U2. Venerable rock group U2 is up for record, the rock group of the year for "Beautiful Day." U2 has been on the music scene for a number of years, and this group, indeed, has staying power.

'N Sync. 'N Sync was the top producing group of the year. It led the teen invasion with "Bye Bye Bye." It was No. 1 in ticket sales, No. 1 in album sales, and they received one nomination. That for Record of the Year. And the video that you are watching there is "Bye Bye Bye," and that is, in fact, the nominee for Record of the Year.

The newcomer to the music scene, in terms of Grammy nominations, but not a newcomer to the music scene in general is Sisqo. He was nominated for four Grammys. You see him here. He hit it big with a song called "The Thong Song" and he is up for four, including Best New Artist.

Now, Natalie, Lou, one of the key words out of the awards this year: "eclectic." There is a tremendous amount of diversity in the awards this year. Last year, you might recall, Santana dominated not only the nominations, but the awards themselves. Couple of years back, Eric Clapton dominated.

This year, the nominations are tremendously spread out, and one 14-time Grammy winner, David Foster, told me today, that in many ways he thought it reflected the view of the public, both in terms of politics and music, because the nominations are spread across the board.

I am Jim Moret reporting live from the Beverly Hotel in Beverly Hills. Back to you Lou and Natalie.

ALLEN: Thanks, Jim.

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