Carson Daly has been on TV since the 1990s, but it's only lately that he's been seen on a top 10 TV show, as the host of NBC's smash hit The Voice.
He began his career on MTV, where he hosted Total Request Live (TRL), and has been hosting the Last Call With Carson Daly show since 2002.
As the frontman of The Voice, he sees a definite change in the way people perceive him when he walks down the street, as he tells USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham.
"You see a difference walking down the street. I always get the MTV thing," he says. "I'm a guy that grew up with a generation who came home from school everyday and learned to count backwards (on TRL.) I feel like an unelected official at times that comes from being on the air during Columbine, being on the air during 9/11 ... introducing the world to Britney Spears and everyone in between. The Voice feels like I'm picking up where TRL left off. If you were 16 watching TRL, you're 26 now watching The Voice."
With The Voice, he says, there's "a renewal of interest from this generation."
The Voice has its season finales tonight and Tuesday starting at 8 p.m.