- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 5, 2000

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Veteran rocker Carlos Santana, who returned to the top of the charts with his album of collaborations with contemporary stars, led the Grammy nominees today. He picked up 10 nods, including song, record and album of the year for "Supernatural."
The 52-year-old Mr. Santana, generally overlooked by the Grammys, previously received only five nominations during his three-decade career. He won the Grammy for best rock instrumental in 1988.
Mr. Santana's collaboration with singer Rob Thomas from the band Matchbox 20, "Smooth," was nominated for record of the year and best pop collaboration with vocals.
His collaboration with Everlast, "Put Your Lights On," was nominated for best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal.
Santana's guitar collaboration with Eric Clapton, "The Calling," was nominated for best rock instrumental performance.
The album "Supernatural" itself was nominated for best rock album and album of the year.
The pop group TLC received six nominations, including album of the year for "Fanmail" and best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal for the song "Unpretty."
Conductor Pierre Boulez also received six nominations for classical works.
Other nominees for record of the year were "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys, "Believe" by Cher, "Livin' La Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin and "No Scrubs" by TLC.
The other nominees for album of the year were "Millennium" by Backstreet Boys, "Fly" by the Dixie Chicks and "When I Look in Your Eyes" by Diana Krall.
"Smooth" also achieved nomination for song of the year, a writing award, for Itaal Shur and Mr. Thomas. The other nominees were Andreas Carlsson and Max Martin for "I Want It That Way," Desmond Child and Robi Rosa for "Livin' La Vida Loca," Dallas Austin and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins for "Unpretty," and Robert John "Mutt" Lange and Shania Twain for "You've Got a Way."
Nominees for best new artist were Christina Aguilera, Macy Gray, Kid Rock, Britney Spears and Susan Tedeschi.
Nominees for best pop album were "Millennium" by the Backstreet Boys, "Believe" by Cher, "Ricky Martin" by Mr. Martin, "Mirrorball" by Sarah McLachlan and "Brand New Day" by Sting.
"It's recognition from the industry … that you've achieved success," Miss McLachlan said. "I'm very happy to be part of that, especially as a Canadian."
Besides Santana's "Supernatural," rock-album nominees were "Breakdown" by Melissa Etheridge, "Significant Other" by Limp Bizkit, "Echo" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and "Californication" by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Other multiple nominees included Asleep at the Wheel with five and the Backstreet Boys, Dixie Chicks, Emmylou Harris, Lauryn Hill and Whitney Houston, all with four. Mr. Martin and Cher each had three nominations.
The 42nd annual Grammy award ceremony will air live on CBS Feb. 23 from Los Angeles.
Awards will be presented in 98 categories. A new category this year is best soundtrack album, given for a soundtrack record that creatively compiles existing music. The award was added to complement the category for original movie scores.
Also this year, the academy updated its movie or television song and instrumental composition categories to include music composed for other media, such as video games or the Internet.


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