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AN UNEXPECTED HIT

The debut song "Kryptonite" has been a huge hit for 3 Doors Down. But Brad Arnold, lead singer for the Mississippi-based rock band, never expected it would be.

"I guess the first time I heard it - it's been a little while - but it was originally recorded on a demo we made back in '97 at a local radio station there in Biloxi," Arnold told AP Radio. "When I heard it, I mean, it seemed like a good song but I never expected it to do what it did."

"Kryptonite" has been nominated for best rock song at the Grammys, to be presented Feb. 21 in Los Angeles.

3 Doors Down was named favorite new pop artist at the American Music Awards in January.

Despite the band's success, Arnold said he doesn't believe 3 Doors Down will be around as long as groups like the Rolling Stones.

"Those guys really love it. But I'd do it - if I could do it that long, I would," he said.

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