WORTH NOTING ON TV

WEDNESDAY

The Grammys (CBS, 8-11 p.m., EST): The music industry's big night traditionally offers viewers a chance to see and hear more top recording artists in one place than probably anywhere else in the media. Airing live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and hosted by Paul Reiser (of ``Mad About You''), the 37th Annual Grammy Awards includes performances by stars like Tony Bennett, Boyz II Men, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sheryl Crow, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Salt-N-Pepa, Gil Shaman, and Bruce Springsteen.

Top nominees (five each) are Babyface (among her five are three Best R&B nominations), Sheryl Crow (including Best New Artist, Record, and Song of the Year), Elton John (including two nominations for Song of the Year), Bonnie Raitt (Record and Album of the Year), and Bruce Springsteen (Record and Song of the Year).

As usual, the list of celebrities presenting awards is far to long to enumerate.

Great White Shark and The Hunt for Amazing Treasure (8-9 p.m. and 9-11 p.m., respectively, on NBC): NBC made an interesting discovery last March: Not everyone wants to watch the Grammys. When the music-awards show aired on CBS last March, NBC counter-programmed with an exotic two-hour special, ``Ancient Prophecies,'' dealing with predictions about the millennium. The show didn't actually beat the Grammys in the ratings, but it did well enough for NBC to try again.

This year NBC is setting these two new specials opposite the Grammys. Sharks are almost a staple of nature shows, but National Geographic's ``Great White Shark'' includes new footage and also provides myth-debunking information about shark behavior.

``The Hunt for Amazing Treasure'' takes viewers to treasure finds both traditional and unexpected. The Atocha, a Spanish galleon on the ocean floor off Key West, Fla., yields a rich find. But the show also records how two Michigan men found rare movie posters in the wall of their home.

Please check local listings for these programs.

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