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Will the Strike Cancel the Grammys, Too?

Fresh off the downsized People's Choice Awards and Golden Globes comes something new to worry about: Could Hollywood's 10-week-old writers' strike kill the Grammy Awards, too?

This week, a Screen Actors Guild spokesman said the union had been told the Writers Guild of America planned to picket the Feb. 10 Grammy ceremony. The WGA hasn't announced anything formal, but the union is unlikely to grant the Grammys a waiver that would allow it to hire union writers — exactly what started the Globes fiasco.

If the writers picket the Grammys, which seems likely, will anyone attend? Musicians (who aren't unionized like actors are) might not necessarily care about crossing picket lines, though some — including nominee Bruce Springsteen — historically haven't crossed. The actors who typically present many awards might stay home, though, as could musicians who have also appeared in movies or TV shows. So even if the show goes on, it might look a lot different than planned.

This is the Grammys' 50th year, and the ceremony should be a big a blowout celebrating the awards' history and future. Here's hoping it's not reduced to another awkward press conference.


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