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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.

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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.

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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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