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February 11, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Mumford & Sons got a big prize and Taylor Swift got weird - and that was apparently enough for the hordes who turned up for Sunday's Grammy Awards. CBS' telecast of the 55th ceremony rounded up 28.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That was the second-largest audience for the recording industry's annual awards show in the last 20 years. The largest audience in recent years was for last year's Grammys, which drew 39.9 million - the type of crowd usually seen only for the Oscars and a few other TV events.
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February 9, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
This post has been updated. See below for details.  Surprisingly, the cries of “Bruce! Bruce! Bruce! Bruce!” that echoed through the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday night at the annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala came much later than expected.  The deep-voiced call, familiar to most fans of honoree Bruce Springsteen, normally arrives the moment he enters a venue. Friday night it didn't begin until well into the evening's many tributes to the Boss, and was uttered by a wild-eyed singer/guitarist Neil Young during his and Crazy Horse's distortion-drenched performance of “Born in the U.S.A.”  But symbolically, we'd been repeating Bruce's name all night long.
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December 12, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 9 - 15 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     CBS This Morning Ken Tucker. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Eddie Redmayne. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Anthony Warlow and Lilla Crawford ("Annie") perform; chef Emeril Lagasse. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael Don Johnson; Eddie Redmayne; Colbie Caillat performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Ashley Hebert; J.P. Rosenbaum; Rickie Lee Jones; Ben Harper.
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September 17, 1989 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Mavis Staples, famous as part of the gospel-cum-secular soul group the Staple Singers, had met and sung with Prince on a number of occasions. But she was wholly unprepared last year when her father, Pops Staples, called and told her that the Purple Batguy's manager was trying to track her down to offer her a solo contract with his Paisley Park Records.
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January 15, 1994 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Now may be a more appropriate time than ever for mainstream music fans to tune in to that annual celebration of gospel, "The Stellar Awards" (at 11 p.m. Sunday on KCAL-TV Channel 9). Not because black gospel has been making inroads commercially, but because R&B as a genre has so been tipping its hat to its roots lately--and, conversely, gospel growing so contemporized--that a lot of this stuff won't sound all that foreign to anyone who skips church to listen to hit radio.
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