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Ricky Martin Prepares for Grammy Award

Aired February 19, 2001 - 2:36 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: Also on Wednesday, some more competition.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Ricky Martin.

WATERS: Boy, he can move, can't he?

ALLEN: He's OK.

Here is Laurin Sydney, with more of Ricky and the Grammies coming up this week. Hi there, Laurin.

LAURIN SYDNEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Oh, Natalie, you say it so well, it's making me sweat.

Anyway, there's music in the air. With just two days to go before the 43rd annual Grammy awards, music's royalty are gearing up for their big night in Lala Land.

Sherri Sylvester is shaking her bon-bon at the Grammy site -- Sherri.

SHERRI SYLVESTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I can report that host Jon Stewart has arrived, and we're expecting rehearsals to begin in just a few minutes.

And as you know, a Grammy performance can be a big career boost. That's what happened to Ricky Martin just two years ago here. Now, this year, he's nominated for best male pop vocal performance. He is also making a hot new duet with Christina Aguilera, another Grammy contender, and I talked to Ricky Martin about that just a couple of days ago.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SYLVESTER: We're backstage here at "The Tonight Show," and you're performing your duet with Christina Aguilera.

RICKY MARTIN, SINGER: That's right.

SYLVESTER: Tell me how that come about in the first place.

MARTIN: I love these things, because you never plan them. I've had opportunity to work with other entertainers before. I've worked with Madonna, and Luciano Pavarotti, and now Christina, and that's the way it is. You meet with each other and then you say, what are you doing, you have to -- let's go to the studio, OK, let's record, OK, let's do it.

And I think that's magical.

(MUSIC)

SYLVESTER: What does a Grammy nomination mean this time?

MARTIN: A Grammy nomination? The industry telling you that you are doing a good job.

SYLVESTER: You feeling lucky?

MARTIN: Luck is always there and -- but God is always there, so I'll -- and I try not to think too much until that night and see what happens. I'll receive that phone call.

SYLVESTER: Looking back on past year, and looking at "She Bangs", what kind of creative satisfaction have you gotten out of your music in the past year?

MARTIN: Well, you grow by the minute as an entertainer, learning more about the music, learning more about each instrument that -- especially for "She Bangs" -- it's a song that is heavily produced -- and it makes you a stronger person and a stronger, once again, entertainer. And that's what I look for.

SYLVESTER: I know you've performed with Elton John on same bill in the past. Now, he is going to be performing Grammy night with Eminem.

MARTIN: That's right.

SYLVESTER: A lot of people have some problems with that.

MARTIN: Oh, really...

SYLVESTER: ... what are your thoughts about whole Eminem thing?

MARTIN: You know, it's -- you know, it's all about expressing yourself, and that's it. You know, just be yourself, don't wear a mask to go on stage, and the fact that he's -- they're performing together, I think is fascinating. We need more collaborations on stage.

SYLVESTER: Do you think it's important that Eminem be honored in spite of the fact that some people think his music is too edgy, is too effective (ph)...

MARTIN: That's some people, but what about the rest of the people that are buying his albums? You know, they have a right to listen to whatever they want to listen to. You know, it's a matter of taste. You know, and I wish him the best, like always. SYLVESTER: I'm hitting you with the current events, but as a creative artist, what do you think about the Napster decision to shut down Napster?

MARTIN: Great! I think that's a lot of respect for creative people. And music will always be there. We will still -- we will still be creating music. It's -- it's -- it was great. Napster, get away.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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