In a night that saw The Police perform for the first time since 2003 and the Dixie Chicks clean up on awards, the Grammys had another reason to celebrate thanks to an estimated 20.1 million people watching the annual event – which is about 18 percent more than last year’s show.
The 2006 Grammy Awards aired on the same night as Fox’s mega-popular “American Idol,” and saw the smallest viewer results in the show’s history. This year saw the show shift back to Sunday night, and even hold a little viewer competition of its own with its spotlight on an amateur singer’s chance to duet with pop star Justin Timberlake.
The competition was up to the viewers to decide who would get to perform, and was heavily advertised throughout the evening. The show’s numbers were also up on 2005 Grammy Awards (which was forced to compete with the first season of ABC’s hit “Desperate Housewives”) viewer results.
This year’s Grammy Awards saw the Recording Academy handing out multiple awards to the Dixie Chicks, Mary J. Blige, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Along with The Police, the show was also highlighted with performances from Timberlake, Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, and more.