Like Justin Bieber, no big win for Grammycast

February 15, 2011

Despite a show that was chockablock with such historic moments as . . .

l Mick Jagger's first-ever Grammy Awards onstage performance;

l The rare TV coming-out-of-mothballs for Barbra Streisand and what's left of Bob Dylan;

l Eminem's first trophy-show appearance since selling out to Chrysler;

l The unveiling of Lady Gaga's new prosthetic shoulders;

l Cee-Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow's duet "[Expletive] You" while dressed as the iconic NBC logo and in clown shoes, respectively, in meta-protest of Comcast's decision to kill the NBC peacock;

. . . Sunday's Grammy telecast attracted only about 790,000 more viewers than last year's show.

CBS did note, however, that Sunday's trophy show clocked its biggest audience since 2000 - about 26.66 million people. Last year's show logged 25.87 million viewers.

In comparison, the 2009 Grammycast averaged 19 million viewers. So last year's Grammy show had attracted about 7 million more viewers than the '09 show. And the '09 show copped about 2 million more viewers than the '08 show.

Now those are ratings hikes!

Once again, CBS put on a Grammy show that gave us much to think about: Will Lady Gaga's shoulder prosthetics catch on? Why did Jagger keep shoving the guy with the guitar away from him - does he have space issues? What happened to all the love the Recording Academy was going to show this year to Eminem? I mean, Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" - album of the year? Really?

If "Glee" was hoping to capitalize on Justin Bieber's big Grammy wins with its Bieber-centric episode two nights later . . . well, that didn't work out so well. The Biebs went 0 for 2 on Sunday night, losing best new artist to Esperanza Spalding, while Lady Gaga snagged the trophy for best pop vocal album.

Despite Bieber's Sunday shutout (his movie, "Never Say Never," lost out in the weekend box-office race to Jennifer Aniston's rom-com "Just Go With It" - how humiliating), Tuesday's "Glee" episode will nonetheless celebrate all things Bieber. In the episode, the McKinley High glee club guys form a Biebs tribute band in the mistaken belief that they can break out of a post-Valentine's Day slump because, hey, chicks dig the Biebs, right?

Yes, another hinky "Glee" story line.

Meanwhile, Streisand has clarified her nicking of "Glee" leading up to Sunday's Grammycast.

At a Grammy's MusiCares event in her honor Friday, the pesky press asked Babs whether she would consider guesting on the Fox high school musical.

"Not if I can help it," she responded.

On her Web site, Babs has clarified that by saying "Not if I can help it," she meant "You never know."

"What I meant was that I've been overwhelmed preparing for my performance on MusiCares, the Grammys, recording a new album, and starting a new movie. So I couldn't take on any more work, and besides that, I wasn't asked," she wrote.

She went on to say that she's "honored" that Lea Michele's character on the show is a huge Babs fan. Plus, she noted, "In my speech at MusiCares, I thanked ['Glee'] for exposing young people to music they might otherwise not hear today."

Like Justin Bieber tunes.

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