UPDATE: The early numbers for TV viewership did go higher (as suggested below) but not by much. Only 8.8 million tuned in to the broadcast and the excuses are all over the place.
The one they rarely use is nobody likes what they are on the show. Or they like one or two artists but are not willing to sit through the rest. And not many actual awards get handed out during the bloated event.There were 23 performances in the show, for crying out loud.
BEFORE: Talk about stepping on another award show. That is what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did this morning (March 15).
Fresh off the Grammys Awards Sunday night (March 14), out came the Oscar nominations. So, when rehashing the night of music winners and performances, one needed to switch gears to talk movies. Usually, an award show wants the next day's headlines to focus on that, not switch. But, with the schedule of awards shifted due to a pandemic, that is harder to achieve.
Thus, two competing stories (at least at the outset). So, here we go. Three if you count March Madness, but sports can be separate and should be. The Oscars moved its award show from competing with the NCAA final years ago.
- The Grammys had way too many performances. Yes, it is a show about music but it is first, an award show. Hand out more during the live show. Most are handed out early.
- Beyonce has now won 28 Grammys. Elvis won three, for gospel. Hmmmm. Alison Kraus won 27. George Solti has 31. Because there are so many categories, this can happen. Pretty soon we all will win one.
- There was too much lip-syncing at the Grammys. And auto-tune.
- Award shows need to spend more time entertaining and less time making statements and lecturing its audience.
- We will see what the TV ratings were for the Grammys soon. That is, unless they delay them like they have this year for other special TV events.
- They do pick and choose what to show on the Grammys so when ratings tank, it is on them.
- Many words were used to describe Grammy performances. Some included dazzling, electrifying and intimate. It was none of that. Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa were good. The others, not so much. It was more like watching the Tony Awards. Too many distractions, dancing and visuals. At times, that is fine, but every single performance was a production number. Exhausting!!!!!!