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Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Just 8.8 million people tuned into the Grammy Awards on CBS this year, a new all-time low for the music awards show, according to near-final Nielsen ratings.

Why it matters: In a sign of how much the pandemic has sped up ratings declines for award shows, the Grammy's ratings were still the highest for any major award show in the past year.

  • The Golden Globes were viewed by just 6.9 million people this year, a record low. Viewership of the Emmys last September dropped 11% year-over-year to just 6.1 million viewers, another record low.
  • Prior to Sunday, 2006 was the lowest-rated Grammy Awards with 17 million viewers.

Be smart: The Grammy Awards were already struggling prior to the pandemic. Last January, the show hit a new low in the key 18-49 advertising demographic. The 2020 Grammy Awards had low ratings as well with only 18.7 million viewers.

Details: Despite the ratings slide, the show was lauded by critics as intimate and unique.

  • A wide range of artists from Taylor Swift to Cardi B and Lionel Richie took the stage to perform inside, while awards were presented to celebrities at socially-distanced tables outside of the theater.
  • Women like Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion swept the top awards categories.
  • What's next: Final viewership numbers for the event will be available in the next day or so but they are unlikely to boost the viewership count substantially. The next major award show is the Academy Awards in late April.

Go deeper: Award show viewership drops to record lows

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At least 3 dead after Amtrak train derails in Montana

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An Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana, resulting in at least three deaths and multiple injuries to passengers and crew on Saturday, per a company statement.

The big picture: 141 passengers and 16 crew members were estimated to be traveling on the westbound Empire Builder train from Chicago to Seattle and Portland when eight cars derailed about 4p.m., Amtrak said early Sunday.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Federal judge blocks vaccine mandate for NYC teachers

Students are dismissed from the first day of school at PS 133 in Brooklyn on Sept. 13. Photo: Michael Nagle/Xinhua via Getty Images

A federal appeals court is set to hear a challenge Wednesday to a vaccine mandate planned for New York City school employees.

Why it matters The vaccine mandate was set to begin on Monday, prompting concerns over staffing shortages in schools across the nation's largest school system. But a judge on Friday temporarily blocked the measure, per AP.

New York prepares for staff shortages from health vaccine mandate

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul during a news conference Tuesday in New York City.. Photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced Saturday she would declare a state of emergency if there were health worker shortages due to New York's upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Why it matters: Hochul moved to reassure concerns of staffing shortages in the health care sector in a statement that also outlined plans to call in medically trained National Guard members, workers from outside New York and retirees if necessary when the mandate takes effect Monday.