Kurt Cobain performs with Nirvana at a taping of the television program 'MTV Unplugged' in New York City, Novemeber 18, 1993.
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May 15, 2000 The popularity of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," by the Seattle rock band Nirvana, announced the dominance of grunge music over the synthesized sounds of late-'80s pop and rock. Nirvana remains widely celebrated as a rock band that, unlike many of its peers, became enormously popular on its own terms.
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