American Idol Pounds Grammys in Ratings
Fri, 10 Feb 2006 13:33:05
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The Grammys scheduled around the Super Bowl, but still couldn’t fend off the competition. Due to a new season of Fox’s ratings powerhouse American Idol --not to mention that a different award show seems to be airing on TV every week -- the numbers for the Grammys are not what they once were. This year they took an especially humiliating blow: not even winning their night. It was the first time in 12 years that the ceremony was so snubbed.
Madonna stripped down to a leotard, Gorillaz materialized for reportedly the most technologically involved performance in show history, Chris Martin raced around the stage like Bono, the real Bono ceded the spotlight to the reliably melodramatic Mary J. Blige, and the reclusive Sly Stone bounded out alongside the sort of mix-and-match tribute number that has become a Grammy signature.
Meanwhile, most Americans were watching Idol wannabes battle laryngitis, frayed nerves and unusually tepid criticism during the beginning of “Hell Week” in Hollywood. Almost twice as many viewers (over 28 million) chose the reality program over “music’s biggest night.”
The Grammys even had Kelly Clarkson perform -- and gave her two awards -- but for Idol fans, it’s apparently “what have you sung for me lately?”
The separation seems to suit Clarkson just fine, too, as she offered no shout-outs to the show in her emotional acceptance speeches. The original American Idol also recently made headlines when she was bashed by judge Simon Cowell for not granting the show permission to use her songs. She later relented.
The ARTISTdirect Staff