20 years of iconic moments in music and entertainment

Lara Spencer reports the buzziest stories of the day in "GMA" Pop News.
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Thank you. Today we decided we'll pop open the time capsule if you will to the year that we moved right here into times square studio. First up the sounds of 1999. Britney spears was in the news. The up and coming pop star announcing her "Baby one more time" tour stopping by mtv across the street to talk about it. When asked about the future of her career and the coming music she said she wanted to stick to her tried and true formula of making danceable pop hits. Well, we think it worked out pretty well for you. Also '99 the backstreet boys received their "Millennium" album. Big fans. That quickly became the best-selling album making the popular group larger than life, if you will and 1999 was smooth for Rob Thomas and santana. Remember this one. Oh. Such a good song. their collaboration called smit smooth" spending the last ten weeks of 1999 in the billboard top 100 but the biggest song of 1999, hit it, guys. Feel something inside me say I really don't think you're strong enough no, do you believe in love Do you believe in love. That's right, girl. Cher. The timeless Cher making us all believe in life after love. So that was -- You exploded when that song came on. Shoulder pop. Immediately. I love when you turn back time. Turn back time. Thank you for that. Another throwback this morning. How about the sexiest man alive back in 1999. He was both an officer and a gentleman, Mr. Richard Gere, everybody. And what a year it was for him. Gere starring in one of our all-time favorites "Runaway bride" alongside Julia Roberts and speaking of movies, whoopi Goldberg hosted the academy awards this year. Who can forget Gwyneth paltrow in that iconic Ralph Lauren gown receiving an award for "Shakespeare in love" that won best picture. It was sleep Dion's "My heart will go on." That won record of the year and the 51st primetime Emmy awards it was "The sopranos" with the most nominations in its very first season. That was the first season in 1999. I got chills. That was so good. Changed television. I feel like that was the linchpin in television. They knew even then it would become one of the best TV series of all time. And then finally throw this in. A quickie because such a coincidence, 199 the year "Gma" started broadcasting in times square studio with Charlie and Diane at the helm. It was also the year I was brought over. I was brought over a "Gma" reporter. My first assignment if the inaugural of 1999 covering of all things pokemon, the big craze, how kids were skipping school, tough assignment to see the very first pokemon movie, the minute it came out, robin, take a look. Ooh. WABC's Lara Spencer who will join us from time to time decided to bust a few. They were all over the place. You know the thing is today is a legal school holiday so theaters like this one will be filled. Seven showings here. They are expected to be packed but, of course, there were those who couldn't wait. You know that little yellow guy called pikachu, sounds like, achoo, a lot of that going on around here in New York City. Thumb's up. You look like a baby. The voice, the voice. I sounded like I was helium balloon, right? Ah. Oh, yes. The hair, the voice, and pokemon standing the test of time as is our wonderful home right here in times square and, everyone, that is "Pop news."

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