LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The 54th annual Grammy Awards pulled in big numbers for CBS, garnering the highest ratings for the show since 1984, the network said Monday.

The broadcast delivered 39 million viewers, according to Nielsen. It was the second largest Grammy audience in history.

Fueled by star performances by Adele, who returned to the stage following throat surgery in 2011 and picked up six statues, and Chris Brown’s first Grammy appearance since his domestic violence case with former girlfriend Rhianna stemming from Grammy weekend in 2010, the show drew in audiences from around the world.

But what perhaps fueled people to tune in was the untimely death of six-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston. Her death cast a shadow over the awards show.

Houston died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton, just hours before her mentor Clive Davis’ annual pre-awards show bash.

Officials have not determined what killed the singer.

Several stars paid tribute to Houston, including Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder and LL Cool J.

“There is no way around this. We’ve had a death in our family, and so at least for me, the only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer for a woman we love, for our fallen sister, Whitney Houston,” Grammy host LL Cool J said as he opened the telecast.

The biggest tribute came from Jennifer Hudson who stole the show with a piano-backed rendition of Houston’s 1992 cover of “I Will Always Love You” from “The Bodyguard.”

Hudson ended her performance by saying, “Whitney, we will always love you.”

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Comments (54)
  1. JennyMN says:

    What the Kardashians said….ExtremeKardashian.com/

    1. Kevin Fodor says:

      Excuse me…but I couldn’t care less.

  2. dam says:

    They got the Whitney bounce.

    1. Hammy says:

      LOL. How true is that. But shh… if they realize the death of a star improves their ratings by so much, they will start picking one off every year!

      Ever wonder how to start preparing for the apocalypse? All signs suggest you should at least be prepared.

  3. Xious Ziousk says:

    The show was boring. It may have got the biggest audience due to the tragedy of the previous day but otherwise it was pretty boring show. It lacked the energy so says http://www.sci-burr.com.

  4. Name says:

    They need to have a burned-out druggy die right before the show every year.

  5. karen says:

    It’s too bad Houston went to the nog side w/ Bobby Brown. Waste of a life.

  6. Diogenes says:

    The four people I know who watched, turned it off. They said the music performed was really bad, robotic, satanic.

  7. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” ~ H. L. Mencken

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    1. Voss says:

      Nice Hollywood and fun section, along with all the tyranny, theft and war.

      1. Spread The News says:

        Don’t forget all the made up news compliments of the coup and cover up.

        The next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.


  8. chris says:

    They can thank the LATE GREAT Whitney Houston ,, Even my MOTHER tune in ;who grew up with Whitney and wanted to see how they would go about honoring HER.

  9. Susan Manning Higuchi says:

    We watched and it was mostly pretty good…I did have to ask WTH that Nicky Minaj spectacle was…some kind of really bad rap opera, at any rate it was disgusting and hurt my ears

  10. GoldenRudy says:

    Due mostly because of Adele’s appearance and singing.

  11. Rachel says:

    Whitney Houston is the only reason I tuned in. Her story is so sad. She is and always will be one of a kind.

  12. Kevin Fodor says:

    See what happens when you do an entertaining show with lots of music for both young and not-so-young…and leave the drama and the egos out of it? And not worry too much about “pushing the envelope”? You get an audience! Wow! Who would have thunk it?

  13. Sharon says:

    Get a life Jane, what does Sarah Palin have to do with this, or is your hatred so all consuming that you have to spout it at every opportunity, just makes you look like a venomous idiot.

  14. Rudey says:

    I usually don’t watch these awards shows and I especially didn’t watch last night. I’m not surprised they had good ratings, but I didn’t care to watch what I thought would be a Whitney Houston tribute thrown together at the last minute along with accolades from phony celebrity types that would be gratuitous and self-serving.

    1. JenniferPresents says:

      You missed out- I don’t either, but I’m a music lover. I thought I’ll just turn it off if it’s lame, and I couldn’t stop watching. It wasn’t a Whitney fest at all.

  15. JenniferPresents says:

    I don’t know if her death had much to do with the ratings (RIP). They put on a phenomenal show last night, and it was obvious the audicence was having a great time as well. LL was a darling of a host- he did a great job, and the performances were just awesome. They did a fine job, and their tribute to Whitney was tasteful and poignant. Class act last night (except Nicki Minaj- what a nut job).

  16. Ronald Williamson says:

    That means most people didn’t watch.

  17. Reason8200 says:

    Useful id iot s known as Americans watch the grammy’s as their country burns. Did any of you slugs that watched this realize that this was nothing but an exploitation of Houston’s death so the network could make money selling commercials. It is no wonder with this many mindless slugs that the country is in the shape it is in.

  18. General Zod says:

    Just like the World Cup in Europe? eh?

    If there’s so many ‘mindless slugs’ in America, then why is Europe is the same boat? Guess there’s just as many slugs there too. Or perhaps, it’s just your inferiority complex showing. Crawl back under your rock, troll.

    1. Reason8200 says:

      Zod, stay in your mommas basement. Morons like yourself apply the word ‘troll” to anyone that disagrees with you. All these people in music and hollywood who are crying for her now, did nothing to help a drug addicted alcoholic while she was alive.

  19. seenbetterdaze says:

    Hollywood and music/entertainment industry must be full of evil…they seem to worship all that is immoral and satanic. That display by that minaj person was nothing for kids to be watching, for sure! Even the cartoon network has nasty stuff full of innuendoes aimed at little kids. No telling what they are watching on all their Ipads etc. How LOW America has fallen since the 60’s. Music is full of occult symbolism with the new artists such as Gaga and minaj. Hints of mind control abound. Look at how many have died…sadly.

  20. WallyG says:

    Gee! A nd I missed again, for the umpteenth year in a row!

  21. Michael says:

    If only they could kill a big star every year they’d kill the ratings. Was that out of line?

    1. dam says:

      Naw, and CA could probably turn this into a Lotto bonanza if they started a Dead Pool for next year.

  22. GozieBoy says:

    Rodent-like creature was okay, rest sucked.

  23. Jerzey Boy says:

    Sad to say, but: Dying is such a great career move.

  24. rightguard says:

    reality tv at its best.
    who can we get to O.D next year?

  25. Old Man Aged 80 says:

    When I was young I used to watch natives dancing wildly in jungle clearings, and watching this Grammy show reminded me that our people are no different whatsoever, just born later in a different location.

  26. hobart says:

    Everyone tuned in to see the train wreck that was the death of a drug addict who nobody could help to save herself. It wsas interesting to see how everyone acted so shocked. It was a joke.

    1. heidigirl says:

      well said, also they wanted to see blacks pay respect to someone who didn’t respect herself. grieve for a friend with some dignity, or silent moment, all the words of praise for someone who didn’t seem to care about herself/daughter/family, is wasted. she could sing, i mean whale a song. why can’t today’s youth just sing a song the way it is written instead of all the inflections they want to add to it. does that make it theirs????????

  27. Will Mason says:

    I tuned in for the first time ever. Maybe it was just because everything else on broadcast TV sucked even worse..

  28. Knick-Knack Paddywhack says:

    Crack is whack…

  29. Occupy This says:

    Ha! If the cavalcade of twisted freak show artists are impressed with these ratings, keep in mind they still don’t equal the numbers of a Tim Tebow game on TV.

  30. Janet Forte Postbrief says:

    I watched because finally after all these years there were people on it that I truly wanted to see, Paul McCartney, Bruce and the E-Street Band. Beach Boys, Adele, Jennifer Hudson. Finally some talent. It was a great show.

  31. HPS says:

    Now THAT’S sad he only reason people watched was because Whittney died?? I have to say the EITHER the HOLLYWOOD types are the biggest bunch of hypocrites or are just pretending to give praise to GOD.. cause their ACTIONS sure don’t match the words they spoke.. 5 minutes later it was I will do and say ANYTHING to make a buck.. to bring our kids DOWN to a level they might NOT recover from .. INSTEAD of being SPIRITUAL LEADERS even if they don’t make millions doing it..

  32. Real Rick says:

    Oh, I missed the grammies? Who cares, a bunch of low-lifes patting each other on the backs. whop-dee-doo

  33. Alexandron says:

    The first two thirds of the show seemed to be a bit more entertaining. The idiotic sacrilegious act near the end of the show acted as an anathema to the prayers said earlier for Whitney. A very strange juxtaposition, first the reverent and then the irreverent.

  34. Charles Austin Miller says:

    Whitney, wherever she is, is thinking, “Maaaan diss sum massive dope! Oh MAN! Little angels and anything! I gotta get summo uh that stuff.”

  35. David Axelrod says:

    Confirmation of the dumbing-down of America. That’s what happens when you have government/union schools….FAILURE.

  36. Marguerite Epperson says:

    People love a train wreck!

  37. Marguerite Epperson says:

    People love a train wreck

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