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Question: I was surprised to hear that both the Grammys and Oscars suffered some of their lowest ratings ever this year. Initially, I thought viewership would be "normal" considering the lack of new television on the air due to the writers' strike. Do you think the popularity of nominees affects awards-show viewership?
Answer: The lack of popular/populist best-picture nominees seems to have hurt the Oscars a bit, if you listen to some of the officials and analysts who've been quoted. Not so sure what the deal was with the Grammys; I was away when the show aired, but I thought they did a fair job promoting it as a big 50th-anniversary event. My take on all of this is to blame the aftereffects of the strike. TV viewership is depressed pretty much across the board, especially when it comes to entertainment (it didn't hurt the Super Bowl this year), and I can't help wondering if this whole sorry strike spectacle didn't simply sour many people against watching Hollywood come out to play — o ...  Read Full Article

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I was surprised to hear that ...

Question: I was surprised to hear that both the Grammys and Oscars suffered some of their lowest ratings ever this year. Initially, I thought viewership would be "normal" considering the lack of new television on the air due to the writers' strike. Do you think the popularity of nominees affects awards-show viewership? Answer: The lack of popular/populist best-picture nominees seems to have hurt the Oscars a bit, if you listen to some of the officials and analysts who've been quoted. Not so sure what the deal was with the Grammys; I was away when the show aired, but I thought they did a fair job promoting it as a big 50th-anniversary event. My take on all of this is to blame the aftereffects of the strike. TV viewership is depressed pretty much across the board, especially when it comes to entertainment (it didn't hurt the Super Bowl this year), and I can't help wondering if this whole sorry strike spectacle didn't simply sour many people against watching Hollywood come out to play — o ... read more

Winehouse Lawyer Objects to Norwegian Court Date

Amy Winehouse may be on her way to drug recovery, but she's still not feeling another court date. The singer's lawyer has asked a court in Bergen, Norway, to postpone a hearing set for Friday.Winehouse and husband Blake Fiedler-Civil were arrested in Bergen in October for possession of a quarter ounce of pot, and were released after one day and paying $715 each. Although Winehouse appealed the fine, the po-po in Norway are serious about making Amy appear for her day in court. The recent teary-eyed Grammy winner insists she never got an official letter regarding her day in court, but to the Norwegian fuzz, you don't need a letter to make it official — even for a winner of five Grammys. — Anna DimondRelated:• Winehouse Says No, No, No to Rehab No More read more

"Queen of Soul" Slams Beyonce's "Cheap Shot"

Just as Natalie Cole and Amy Winehouse exited the après-Grammys ring, Aretha Franklin pulled Beyoncé in, taking issue with Ms. Knowles' introduction of Tina Turner at Sunday night's awards show. Setting the stage for her duet with Turner, Beyoncé name-checked Franklin and other high-caliber songstresses before hailing Tina as "one legend who has the essence of all of those things: the glamour, the soul, the passion, the strength, the talent. Ladies and gentlemen... give it up for the queen."And that was a royal mistake. "I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyoncé," Franklin said in a statement. "However, I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy."Related:• Natalie Cole Disses "Crazy" Amy Winehouse's Grammys • The Grammys' Best and Worst Moments read more

Grammys Goss: Natalie Cole Disses "Crazy" Amy's Wins

God bless the free-speaking elders. Former Grammy winner Natalie Cole told reporters at one of Sunday night's after-parties that Amy Winehouse is talented but "crazy," and that quintet of wins was questionable... all things considered. "I don't think she deserved it," the New York Daily News quotes Cole (herself no stranger to battles with drink and more) as saying. "She needs to get her life together first, and then get the awards later." (OK, but by that standard just how long would any Grammys ceremony be?) Overhearing Cole's rant, Ringo Starr commented, "Man, those are some grapes" — and no, a fruit platter was not being offered to him at the time. Nelly, for one, defended Winehouse's accolades, telling the News, "You can't hate a person for their personal life." read more

Rihanna Goes from Smash Success to Smashed Car

Rihanna was in a fender-bender Sunday night after the Grammy Awards, where she had just won best Rap/Sung Collaboration for her smash hit with Jay-Z. The smashing of her car, however, went down when she was leaving the Island-Def Jam after-party. The accident occurred when she got into her waiting car on her way out. Rihanna's rep confirmed that another car rammed into hers, while still parked. No one was hurt in the incident — although there's been no word on whether the star's Grammy was still intact. — Anna Dimond read more

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Premiered: February 14, 2008
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Premise: The 50th annual event, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Kanye West leads all nominees with eight; Amy Winehouse is second with six nominations. Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain are each up for five awards.

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