The Grammys (CBS, 8-11 p.m., EST): It's the recording industry's big blowout - the 36th Annual Grammy Awards - a three-hour marathon of awards and performances carried live (delayed in the Pacific-time zone) from New York's Radio City Music Hall, with Garry Shandling as host.

Eyes will be focused on the Record, Album, and Song of the Year, Best New Artist, and other familiar prizes, but the handouts are innumerable, falling into a numbing 81 different categories in 26 fields. (The ``eligibility year'' runs Oct. 1, 1992 to Sept. 30, 1993.)

Among the stars performing: Aerosmith, Sting, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman, and Pinchas Zukerman (no, they aren't all pop-rock performers), Wynonna, Neil Young, Clint Black, Natalie Cole, Digable Planets, and Gloria Estefan. The list of presenters is equally impressive.

Frank Sinatra - past winner of eight regular Grammys and several special ones - will be on hand to accept a ``Grammy Legend Award.''


Evening News From Moscow (C-Span, 7:25-8 a.m.): A report in Russian with simultaneous English translation.

In the Spotlight (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): For pop-music fans who overlook the link between country and rhythm-and-blues - and it's easy to do - here's a show that illustrates their similarity, with both musical and documentary evidence.

``Rhythm Country & Blues'' makes the point about the similarity of the two genres by having some of the best artists in each category sing together - pairing, among others, Natalie Cole and Reba McEntire, Al Green and Lyle Lovett, Little Richard and Tanya Tucker, Vince Gill and Gladys Knight, Clint Black and the Pointer Sisters.

In addition, interviews and archival clips examine life and music from the American South to show common roots and cross influences.

Please check local listings for these programs.

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