This year’s Grammy Awards ceremony was watched by 25.3 million people in the US, the show’s smallest audience since 2009.
The figures were down 11% compared with 2014, when a tribute to the Beatles and a mass on-stage wedding attracted 28.5 million viewers.
However, it was the fifth consecutive year that the Grammy audience topped 25 million.
It was also the most-watched award show of the year to date, beating the Golden Globes’ audience by six million.
However, the Oscar ceremony remains the most-watched award show – having attracted 43 million people in 2014.
Beck won the album of the year prize for his eighth album, Morning Phase – infuriating Kanye West, who stormed the stage to protest at Beyonce’s loss, before deciding to return to his seat rather than taking the microphone.
The incident was the most-tweeted moment during the show, attracting 13.4 million comments on Twitter. The ceremony was also streamed 7.5 million times, an increase of 40%.
Overall the show was low on spectacle, with most artists presenting stripped-back, muted performances; largely concentrating on their slower numbers.
Madonna was the obvious exception, playing a matador to a stage full of dancers wearing diamante-encrusted minotaur masks.
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