Grammys 2013 draws second-largest audience in 20 years
February 11th, 2013
04:37 PM ET

Grammys 2013 draws second-largest audience in 20 years

Despite a show packed with A-list performers, the 55th annual Grammys didn't beat their previous year's viewership.

That would be a pretty tall order, however, since the 54th Grammys included tributes to Whitney Houston, drawing 39.9 million to the awards show.

This time around, the 2013 ceremony was watched by 28.37 million viewers, the second-largest audience since 1993.

Meanwhile, on AMC, the return of "The Walking Dead" set a record.

According to AMC, the mid-season premiere of the third season was seen by the largest audience in the show's history with 12.3 million tuning in.

Those who dipped out of the Grammys telecast for "The Walking Dead" didn't miss anything major, according to critics. The show was fine, if not particularly notable.

"For the first time in too long, the Grammys telecast was a good time in and of itself - a refreshingly coherent celebration of our increasingly incoherent popscape," the Washington Post said in a review. "There were A-game performers, trophy-hoarders who deserved to win them and very few reasons to wince, grouse or wish you were watching 'Downton Abbey.'"

If you disagree, that's just the reality of the Grammys said the Hollywood Reporter: "the Grammys can't possibly appeal to everyone, so these wildly desperate interpretations of who was great and who was dreadful float into the zeitgeist."

In the end,observed the Los Angeles Times, those who were awarded last night "affirmed an old truism: Never underestimate the enduring appeal of well-crafted, easily digestible pop, the kind that doesn't require the winning artists to make solemn acceptance speeches about global warming or indigenous people's rights. Sometimes in music, as a rock 'n' roll troubadour once observed, feelin' good is good enough."


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    • BABS

      Good times and bum times, I've seen them all and, my dear,
      I'm still here!
      Gold statue sometimes,
      Sometimes a kick-in-the-rear, but I'm here
      Now one day you're hailed for blazing trails
      Next you're nailed for fingernails
      Either they cheer or they jeer, but I'm here
      I've heard them say song writing, acting, producing,
      What makes her think that she can? Or better yet song writing, acting, producing
      What does she think, she's a man?
      One day a Tony, Tuesday you're top of the Bill
      So I'm here!
      Wednesday you're phony, Thursday you're over the hill
      But I'm here!
      Now I've kept my clothes and kept me space
      I've kept my nose to spite my face
      Still once you say you won't
      Keep your place loud and clear
      Once you announce you're directing all you hear is...
      Everybody says don't, everybody says don't
      Everybody says don't, it isn't right!
      Don't, it isn't nice!
      Everybody says don't, everybody says...
      Don't tell me not to live, just sit and putter,
      Life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter,
      Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade.
      Don't tell me not to fly, I've simply got to, If someone takes a spill,
      it's me and not you,
      [ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/im-still-hereeverybody-says-dontdont-rain-on-my-parade-lyrics-barbra-streisand.html ]

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      I'll march my band out, I'll beat my drum,
      And if I'm fanned out, your turn at bat, sir,
      At least I didn't fake it, hat, sir,
      I guess I didn't make it
      Get ready for me life, 'cause I'm a-comin'
      I simply gotta march, my heart's a-drummin'
      Nobody, no, nobody, is gonna rain on my parade!

      [speaking] I've always loved singing theater songs because they tell a story, and this next song that I'm about to sing

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      February 12, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • YOUR NOT THAT GOOD

      BABS

      Good times and bum times, I've seen them all and, my dear,
      I'm still here!
      Gold statue sometimes,
      Sometimes a kick-in-the-rear, but I'm here
      Now one day you're hailed for blazing trails
      Next you're nailed for fingernails
      Either they cheer or they jeer, but I'm here
      I've heard them say song writing, acting, producing,
      What makes her think that she can? Or better yet song writing, acting, producing
      What does she think, she's a man?
      One day a Tony, Tuesday you're top of the Bill
      So I'm here!
      Wednesday you're phony, Thursday you're over the hill
      But I'm here!
      Now I've kept my clothes and kept me space
      I've kept my nose to spite my face
      Still once you say you won't
      Keep your place loud and clear
      Once you announce you're directing all you hear is...
      Everybody says don't, everybody says don't
      Everybody says don't, it isn't right!
      Don't, it isn't nice!
      Everybody says don't, everybody says...
      Don't tell me not to live, just sit and putter,
      Life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter,
      Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade.
      Don't tell me not to fly, I've simply got to, If someone takes a spill,
      it's me and not you,
      [ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/im-still-hereeverybody-says-dontdont-rain-on-my-parade-lyrics-barbra-streisand.html ]

      Who told you you're allowed to rain on my parade
      I'll march my band out, I'll beat my drum,
      And if I'm fanned out, your turn at bat, sir,
      At least I didn't fake it, hat, sir,
      I guess I didn't make it
      Get ready for me love, 'cause I'm a-comin'
      I simply gotta march, my heart's a-drummin'
      Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade,
      I'm gonna live and live NOW!
      Get what I want, I know how!
      One roll for the whole shebang!
      One throw that bell will go clang,
      Eye on the target and wham,
      One shot, one gun shot and bam!
      Hey, look at me world, here I am...
      I'll march my band out, I'll beat my drum,
      And if I'm fanned out, your turn at bat, sir,
      At least I didn't fake it, hat, sir,
      I guess I didn't make it
      Get ready for me life, 'cause I'm a-comin'
      I simply gotta march, my heart's a-drummin'
      Nobody, no, nobody, is gonna rain on my parade!

      [speaking] I've always loved singing theater songs because they tell a story, and this next song that I'm about to sing

      Read more: BARBRA STREISAND – I'M STILL HERE/EVERYBODY SAYS DON'T/DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE LYRICS

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    • sing along

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      Good times and bum times, I've seen them all and, my dear,
      I'm still here!
      Gold statue sometimes,
      Sometimes a kick-in-the-rear, but I'm here
      Now one day you're hailed for blazing trails
      Next you're nailed for fingernails
      Either they cheer or they jeer, but I'm here
      I've heard them say song writing, acting, producing,
      What makes her think that she can? Or better yet song writing, acting, producing
      What does she think, she's a man?
      One day a Tony, Tuesday you're top of the Bill
      So I'm here!
      Wednesday you're phony, Thursday you're over the hill
      But I'm here!
      Now I've kept my clothes and kept me space
      I've kept my nose to spite my face
      Still once you say you won't
      Keep your place loud and clear
      Once you announce you're directing all you hear is...
      Everybody says don't, everybody says don't
      Everybody says don't, it isn't right!
      Don't, it isn't nice!
      Everybody says don't, everybody says...
      Don't tell me not to live, just sit and putter,
      Life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter,
      Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade.
      Don't tell me not to fly, I've simply got to, If someone takes a spill,
      it's me and not you,
      [ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/im-still-hereeverybody-says-dontdont-rain-on-my-parade-lyrics-barbra-streisand.html ]

      Who told you you're allowed to rain on my parade
      I'll march my band out, I'll beat my drum,
      And if I'm fanned out, your turn at bat, sir,
      At least I didn't fake it, hat, sir,
      I guess I didn't make it
      Get ready for me love, 'cause I'm a-comin'
      I simply gotta march, my heart's a-drummin'
      Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade,
      I'm gonna live and live NOW!
      Get what I want, I know how!
      One roll for the whole shebang!
      One throw that bell will go clang,
      Eye on the target and wham,
      One shot, one gun shot and bam!
      Hey, look at me world, here I am...
      I'll march my band out, I'll beat my drum,
      And if I'm fanned out, your turn at bat, sir,
      At least I didn't fake it, hat, sir,
      I guess I didn't make it
      Get ready for me life, 'cause I'm a-comin'
      I simply gotta march, my heart's a-drummin'
      Nobody, no, nobody, is gonna rain on my parade!

      [speaking] I've always loved singing theater songs because they tell a story, and this next song that I'm about to sing

      Read more: BARBRA STREISAND – I'M STILL HERE/EVERYBODY SAYS DON'T/DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE LYRICS

      February 12, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |

      YOUR NOT THAT GOOD

      BABS

      Good times and bum times, I've seen them all and, my dear,
      I'm still here!
      Gold statue sometimes,
      Sometimes a kick-in-the-rear, but I'm here
      Now one day you're hailed for blazing trails
      Next you're nailed for fingernails
      Either they cheer or they jeer, but I'm here
      I've heard them say song writing, acting, producing,
      What makes her think that she can? Or better yet song writing, acting, producing
      What does she think, she's a man?
      One day a Tony, Tuesday you're top of the Bill
      So I'm here!
      Wednesday you're phony, Thursday you're over the hill
      But I'm here!
      Now I've kept my clothes and kept me space
      I've kept my nose to spite my face
      Still once you say you won't
      Keep your place loud and clear
      Once you announce you're directing all you hear is...
      Everybody says don't, everybody says don't
      Everybody says don't, it isn't right!
      Don't, it isn't nice!
      Everybody says don't, everybody says...
      Don't tell me not to live, just sit and putter,
      Life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter,
      Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade.
      Don't tell me not to fly, I've simply got to, If someone takes a spill,
      it's me and not you,
      [ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/im-still-hereeverybody-says-dontdont-rain-on-my-parade-lyrics-barbra-streisand.html ]

      Who told you you're allowed to rain on my parade
      I'll march my band out, I'll beat my drum,
      And if I'm fanned out, your turn at bat, sir,
      At least I didn't fake it, hat, sir,
      I guess I didn't make it
      Get ready for me love, 'cause I'm a-comin'
      I simply gotta march, my heart's a-drummin'
      Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade,
      I'm gonna live and live NOW!
      Get what I want, I know how!
      One roll for the whole shebang!
      One throw that bell will go clang,
      Eye on the target and wham,
      One shot, one gun shot and bam!
      Hey, look at me world, here I am...
      I'll march my band out, I'll beat my drum,
      And if I'm fanned out, your turn at bat, sir,
      At least I didn't fake it, hat, sir,
      I guess I didn't make it
      Get ready for me life, 'cause I'm a-comin'
      I simply gotta march, my heart's a-drummin'
      Nobody, no, nobody, is gonna rain on my parade!

      February 12, 2013 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
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  14. Tony

    The Grammy award will never be what it used to be back in the 80,90's and a few years ago. So much lack of talent with only few exceptions

    February 12, 2013 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
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