Sandra Varner’s Celebrity Profiles
Beyoncé and Israel Houghton take home Grammys during the music industry’s biggest night
I watched the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards at KPIX/KBCW, CBS 5 in San Francisco and during a break, I caught the Beyoncé interview with Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes, further confirming that this lady dynamo is still grand and very much in charge and at age 28, has accomplished more than most ever will.
According to trade industry publication, The Hollywood Reporter, CBS’ presentation of the annual Grammy Awards was the highest-rated telecast for the event in six years.
The Sunday-night program was up significantly from 2009, rising 32%, which marks two years of consecutive ratings growth for the telecast.
The Grammys pulled 25.8 million viewers and a 9.8 adults 18-49 rating, according to time-zone adjusted national ratings, making it the most-watched and highest-rated Grammys since 2004.
The evening launched with an upbeat number from Elijah Kelley (“Hair Spray”) who opened for Lady Gaga and is said to be on tap to star in the Sammy Davis Jr. story.
Beyoncé made history as the first woman to walk away with six Grammys in one evening.
Donnie McClurkin was nominated for Best Gospel Performance category for “Wait on the Lord,” a duet with Karen Clark-Sheard; this made McClurkin’s fourth Grammy nomination overall.
On Feb. 26, during a live airing on the FOX network, McClurkin will vie for his second NAACP Image Award win in the Outstanding Gospel Artist category, which he received in 2004.
McClurkin alongside colleague Yolanda Adams have been selected to be a part of the celebrity panel of judges for the next edition of BET’s Sunday Best, joining original judges Mary Mary and host Kirk Franklin, all of whom are returning for their third season. The show premieres April 4.
Congrats to Integrity recording artist, Israel Houghton, for his third consecutive GRAMMY win for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. Houghton’s third award now joins the other two on his trophy shelf. In 2007, Alive in South Africa received a bow for the “Best Traditional Gospel Album” and in 2008 A Deeper Level snagged an award for “Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album .”
From its genre-blending roots reggae and heavy rock to sanctified funk and power pop, The Power of One features songs of hope, redemption and revelation. Houghton collaborated, once again, with long-time friend and producer, Aaron Lindsey and Tommy Sims, whose writing, recording and performing credits range from Bruce Springsteen and Garth Brooks to Bonnie Raitt and Kelly Clarkson.