the rap superstar to watch from the control room as she anchored the “CBS Evening News.” Wednesday she talked to President Obama. Thursday she did reported news outside on a frigid night overlooking the Hudson River landing site of a damaged jet, and anchored a report on former President Bush’s farewell to the nation. Then she flew overnight to Los Angeles, where she spent time hanging out with Justin Timberlake, on Friday. The collision between music and politics came because of a pre-Grammy Awards special Couric is hosting on Wednesday (9 p.m.
EST). Besides Timberlake and Lil Wayne, featured artists are Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
The Grammys air Feb. 8 on CBS, directly after a “60 Minutes” edition in which Couric has the first interview with Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who guided stricken U.S. Airways
Flight 1549 to that safe Hudson River landing. Couric’s been on a nice run lately, at least in part because she and CBS seem to have recognized the futility of keeping her to 20 minutes of reading news each night. “When Katie is seen as having diverse talents, as she does, everybody wins,” says Susan Zirinsky, executive producer of the Grammys special.