Grammy Awards News & Notes: TV Ratings Even, Adele Discusses Mic Mishap
February 16, 2016 at 12:36 PM (PT)
With a move from SUNDAY night to MONDAY, and for the first time, a live WEST COAST telecast, this year's GRAMMY AWARDS were seen by nearly 25 million viewers, scoring a 7.7 rating among adults 18-49, just a smidgen below last year's 25.3 million viewers and 8.5, which represented a six-year low for the still-strong show, second only to the OSCARS in terms of tune-in.
Last night's show didn't go off without some hitches. RIHANNA was advised by doctors not to perform because of danger to her vocal cords after singing in rehearsal, while LAURYN HILL was a no-show for a guest appearance during THE WEEKND's set, after similarly appearing at the dress, then not arriving on time.
Meanwhile, GRAMMY producers had to scramble when BEYONCE and JAY-Z turned up late, which forced them to flip-flop the last two categories, with Album Of The Year announced before Record Of The Year.
ADELE's performance of BRUNO MARS' "All I Ask" was also marred by technical mishaps, with THE RECORDING ACADEMY Chairman/CEO NEIL PORTNOW taking full responsiblity for the snafu.
"We have the most complicated technical show on television when it comes to music, bar none. Inside the piano are microphones, and a mic dropped into the strings. It happens to all sorts of people, but it rarely happens on our show," PORTNOW told the L.A. TIMES. "When we switched over to the backup system, it had to drop out for a few seconds. When performing in intimate performance, it can be unnerving. We certainly don’t like it when those things happen, but they happen."
For her part, ADELE tweeted afterward: "The piano mics fell on the piano strings, that's what the guitar sound was. It made it sound out of tune. Sh+t happens. X."
There were also complaints from those at the show itself ADELE couldn't be seen because of her being back-lit.
The odds-on favorite for next year's GRAMMY ("25" wasn't released in time to be eligible) didn't show up at the SONY MUSIC party, instead choosing to snack. "Because of it though ... I'm treating myself to an in n out [burger]. So maybe it was worth it."
As for the GRAMMY after-parties thrown by the likes of UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, REPUBLIC RECORDS, SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT and WARNER MUSIC GROUP, as well as more intimate affairs by JUSTIN BIEBER, MARK RONSON and SEAN COMBS, the biggest scandal was apparently when PAUL McCARTNEY and BECK couldn't get into TYGA's bash.
Hey, don't you remember this guy was once in WINGS? Here's TMZ's video of how it went down,with PAUL protesting, "Maybe I need another hit."