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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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Death toll mounts as fighting between Israel and Hamas intensifies

Palestinian Muslims exchange wishes for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, near a razed building in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, on May 13. Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

At least 109 Palestinians and seven people in Israel have been killed since recent fighting between Israel's military and Hamas began Monday.

The big picture: Israel began massing troops on its border with Gaza on Thursday, launching attacks from the air and ground as Hamas continued to fire rockets into Israel.

By the numbers: Where the earmarks are wanted

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Data: House Committee on Appropriations; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is being targeted for the largest collective earmark request in the country, according to a detailed breakdown of overall requests released by the House Appropriations Committee.

Why it matters: House appropriators are trying to balance bipartisan momentum for infrastructure investment with "pork-barrel" spending's checkered political history. The data dump is an effort to provide transparency for what are now termed "community project funding" requests.

Democrats open to user fees for infrastructure deal

President Biden sits Thursday with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) as they discuss his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal. Photo: T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Some Senate Democrats are open to paying for a compromise infrastructure package by imposing user fees, including increasing the gas tax and raising money from electric car drivers through a vehicle-miles-traveled charge.

Why it matters: By inching toward the Republican position on pay-fors, some Democrats are bucking President Biden's push to offset his proposed $2.3 trillion plan by focusing only on raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy.