While the Grammy Awards couldn’t come close to the freakishly high ratings of 2012 in the wake of Whitney Houston’s death and with Adele’s smashing success, this year’s show had the second-largest audience for the program since 1993. The Nielsen company said Monday that music’s annual awards show was seen by 28.4 million people Sunday night on CBS. The Grammys this year were packed with high-powered musical moments and, in its awards, celebrated the industry’s diversity rather than overwhelmingly honoring one artist. It also had a few water-cooler moments: Which boyfriend was Taylor Swift specifically dissing in her latest performance of ‘‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”? Was Chris Brown flaunting his revived relationship with Rihanna?
Bruce Willis honored in France for his acting
Actor Bruce Willis has been awarded the Commander of the Arts in France for his contribution to cinema. Willis, 57, whose latest film is ‘‘A Good Day to Die Hard,’’ told the Paris ceremony Monday night that he feels honored that his work has been recognized. His attended the event with his wife, Emma Heming. Willis, who was born in Germany, said he feels at home in France. But he said he opposes President Francois Hollande’s plan to tax the richest at 75 percent and hopes he would be able to complain about it if he lived in France.
“It’s going to be a fun year.” — Justin Timberlake,whose last album was out in 2006, to his fans eagerly awaiting “The 20/20 Experience,’’ due out March 19.