Grammy awards: Greatness and excess co-exist

I'll do some sniping in a moment, simply because ... well, because I'm like that. But first, let's make it clear that this was a truly great Grammy awards show.

Getting ready for the Grammys

Long ago, the Grammys people learned they could create events -- reunions, comebacks, special pairings, more.

Now that's become an artform. Here's a box -- not a full Grammys story, but a helpful guide -- that I sent to papers:



In the final days before this year's
Grammys telecast, producers were still piling on new touches.