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CNN AMERICAN MORNING WITH PAULA ZAHN

2002 In Review: Year In Music

Aired December 27, 2002 - 07:53   ET

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

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: We're going to continue our look back at the year that was. We talk about music now. We saw the revival of interest in Elvis, the death of the boy bands.
And as part of our series, "2002 in Review," our Bill Hemmer talked with MTV's Carson Daly about some of the high and low notes in the "Year in Music."

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

CARSON DALY, HOST, MTV'S "TOTAL REQUEST LIVE": Yes, hip-hop has always been strong. If you are a hip-hop fan, you are always aware of new releases. Clearly, the story of the year is Eminem and "8 Mile," and you know, it breaking the $100 million mark so quick.

It means that people who aren't just music fans went out and were exposed to this style of music, and it was revolutionary for hip-hop this year.

BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: But you look at the single's chart now.

DALY: Yes.

HEMMER: You have 9 of 10 top singles in the country all relating back to hip-hop.

DALY: Nelly was a good example of an artist that broke out this year with "It's Getting Hot Here." These songs that crossed over into top 40 radio and really probably didn't even know it was hip-hop. They just loved the songs.

HEMMER: You mentioned "8 Mile" with Eminem, a movie that's done very well. Is he running the risk of overexposing himself right now? Because he's literally everywhere at this point.

DALY: I don't think so. I think actually present day right now he's on that tail end of that "8 Mile" burst. I think he's going to be sort of quiet now.

HEMMER: "TIME" magazine is saying "The Rising" by Bruce Springsteen could be up for a Grammy.

DALY: I mean Bruce is -- he's that American voice that I think we wanted to hear at that time too when that record came out. It wouldn't surprise me if he won a Grammy.

HEMMER: Yes, he's the one who grew up in New Jersey saying that after 9/11, somebody approached him on the street and said, hey, man, we need you.

DALY: They're a family who I love, and I think have done really well, but they definitely spread it out. You know, Kelly is now an artist, they've got the dolls. There is Ozz-Fest, the tour, the television show. There's a lot of Ozzy, so they might have to slow down I think in '03.

HEMMER: Kelly Clarkson, "American Idol."

DALY: Boy, what a year it's been for Kelly.

HEMMER: Yes.

DALY: You know, she broke so fast with such high expectations and so much press. There's so many artists out there that look to break like that and to get a record deal and (UNINTELLIGIBLE). She hit it so fast, it's going to be tough for her to stay. I think if she has a good team around her and continues to sing and get better, you know, there's no reason why she shouldn't stay.

And I love the pop music being young females who are writing. I like to see Avril Lavigne playing guitar and Vanessa Carlton, Michelle Branch, Norah Jones, talented, young people who are writing songs and not buying them I think will continue...

HEMMER: You talking about the singer/songwriter.

DALY: The singer/songwriter, yes. You know, some credibility and validity back to music. People actually playing instruments, having emotions in their life, writing songs, composing them themselves.

HEMMER: Are boy bands done?

DALY: I think so. I think the conventional notion of what a boy band is, is done. I think, you know, young men singing and stuff like that, you know, Nick Carter and Justin Timberlake both have solo albums out. I think they're going to do OK. Certainly Justin's is. You'll never get away from that. I mean, as long as there is Menudo, there's going to be a boy band somewhere.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

KAGAN: And we'll all sleep easy tonight knowing there will always be boy bands.

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