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Nominations Announced for Grammy Awards

Aired January 3, 2001 - 4:46 p.m. ET

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

JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: Invitations came out today for the 2000 Grammy Awards, the 43rd music award ceremony, to be held in Los Angeles on February 21st.

CNN's Mark Scheerer looks at who's on the list this year and who's not.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE (singing): Who let the dogs out?

CHORUS: Who? Who? Who? Who?

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MARK SCHEERER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's a who's who, practically, as the Grammy-nominated Baha Men might put it. This year's nominees for music's top award are spread out among over 500 artists. Leading the way are rapper Dr. Dre, with five nominations, including producer of the year, and Beyonce Knowles of Destiny's Child, also with five. The group's other members received four each, as did controversial rapper Eminem.

Twenty-one other artists received at least three Grammy nods. No "bigfoot" phenomenon dominates this year, as twice-nominated rap newcomer Nelly points out.

NELLY, RAPPER: For a long time I thought this is just where Michael Jackson and Prince come get their awards.

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SCHEERER: Nominated for both record of the year and song of the year are "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child, "Breathe," sung by Faith Hill, Macy Gray's "I Try," and U2's "Beautiful Day." Also in the song category is "I Hope You Dance," performed by Lee Ann Womack. Also nominated for record of the year is Madonna's "Music" from the album of the same name, and N' Sync's "Bye Bye Bye."

Their first album in almost two decades earned Steely Dan three nominations, including album of the year. Others in that category are Paul Simon, alternative rockers Beck and Radiohead, and Eminem. Luther Vandross announced the similarly eclectic best new artist nominees.

LUTHER VANDROSS, MUSICIAN: ... are Shelby Lynne, Brad Paisley, Papa Roach, Jill Scott and Sisqo.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm far from new, but I guess I'll be new if that's what they want me to be.

SCHEERER: Talk about fresh faces: 13-year-old Billy Gilman got nominated for best male country vocalist.

BILLY GILMAN, SINGER: I wanted to collapse on the stage, because just to be nominated is incredible, and to be up with such great artists, like Vince Gill and Johnny Cash and Tim McGraw, is just incredible.

SCHEERER: The bumper crop of teen-pop acts wasn't overlooked either. 'N Sync received three nominations.

J.C. CHASEZ, 'N SYNC: It's kind of overwhelming in a sense, though, because competition is pretty stiff in that category. But it's exciting.

SCHEERER: R&B producer Rodney Jerkins, with four nominations, likes Grammy's diversity this time around.

RONDEY JERKINS, PRODUCER: Everybody expects the same thing all the time. You know, when Grammys come, when all the awards go, they expect the same groups, the same names. You know, we need to change up sometimes.

DAVID FOSTER: It was an eclectic group. I think it kind of mirrored maybe what was going on in the political world in the year 2000 in America. You know, it's kind of like everybody's just kind of iffy, they didn't know where to, but I love Eminem being with Paul Simon, and I mean, I love, nostalgically, I love Steely Dan being there. And they deserve to be there, because they made a great album.

SCHEERER (on camera): For the third straight year, the telecast will originate from Los Angeles. It'll be broadcast live on February 21st.

Mark Scheerer, CNN Entertainment News, New York.

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