Grammys Telecast Scores Big For CBS
The 45th annual Grammy Awards, which aired live Sunday night on CBS, was the top-rated program of the night and showed gains from last year's show, Billboard Bulletin reports. According to data releasThe 45th annual Grammy Awards, which aired live Sunday night on CBS, was the top-rated program of the night and showed gains from last year's show, Billboard Bulletin reports. According to data released yesterday (Feb. 25) by Nielsen Media Research, the telecast earned a 14.7 rating/23 share, equal to 25 million U.S. viewers. The 2002 show scored 11.9/19, or 19 million viewers.
The highest-rated Grammys telecast remains the 1984 show, which featured an awards sweep by Michael Jackson and earned 30.8/45.
This year it was Norah Jones who swept the ceremony, personally taking home all five awards for which she was nominated (album of the year and best pop vocal album of the year for her Blue Note debut "Come Away With Me"; record of the year and female pop vocal performance for "Don't Know Why"; and best new artist).
Three other awards were associated with Jones' work: "Don't Know Why" earned a song of the year award for songwriter Jesse Harris; Arif Mardin won producer of the year for "Come Away With Me"; and engineers S. Husky Hoskulds and Jay Newland took the best engineered album, non-classical honor for their contributions.
Along with Jones, Sunday's broadcast also featured a host of superstar performances, including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt, No Doubt's Tony Kanal, and the Attractions/Imposters' Pete Thomas teaming for a tribute the Clash and its late lead singer, Joe Strummer. Also performing were 'N Sync, Faith Hill, Eminem with the Roots, the Dixie Chicks, No Doubt, and Nelly with Kelly Rowland, among others.