NEW YORK – The Strokes are it.
The New York rockers, fronted by Julian Casablancas, was named Band of the Year by Spin magazine, based on the strength of its debut album, Is This It? released last year, its tight live act and skinny-tie retro style.
Is This It? sold 1.4 million copies worldwide and the Strokes are largely given credit for the revival of New York's rock 'n' roll scene.
"From the beginning our goal was to make something less popular that would be appreciated later," Casablancas told Spin.
Along with the attitude-heavy Strokes, Spin chose two diverse Detroit acts -- Eminem and the White Stripes -- as the best of 2002 in the January "Year in Music" issue, on newsstands Dec.10.
Eminem was deemed Artist of the Year, with his single "Cleanin' Out My Closet" named the year's best. The White Stripes' White Blood Cells, was awarded Album of the Year.
Trend of the Year went to "The Little Band Revolution," for bands such as the Hives with "little budgets and big ambitions."
In other awards, the Hives won Best Live Act and the '80s were cited as the Best Revival.