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Grammys Will Go On — Without Picketing

Have no fear: The Grammys are definitely here.

While the striking Writers Guild of America hasn't said its writers can work on the script for the Feb. 10 show, writers definitely won't be picketing the 50th anniversary event thanks to a WGA decision today. That means that musicians and presenters — including those who are also Screen Actors Guild Members, such as Justin Timberlake — won't have to choose between crossing a picket line and staying home.

It's a switch from what SAG and WGA leaders initially planned to do, and no reason was given for the change in position. With the picketing concern out of the way, a full lineup of performers is expected soon. Beyonce and the Foo Fighters have already signed on for the show.

Even though the WGA didn't explain the decision, I have to take this as a hopeful sign. Informal negotiations are getting under way this week between writers and producers, and maybe calling off the dogs on the Grammys will help the sides reach a resolution before the Oscars.


roor roor 9 years
That's good news , I thought that in a way it was a bit of the stretch that they were asking musicians to not attend - if it was vice versa i'm sure they wouldn't be able to stop writing for their shows to picket with the musicians, right?
leahlarocco leahlarocco 9 years
Buzz...there is a GRAMMY Chapter in San Francisco. If you contact their office, they can give you the latest updates and releases. The phone number is 415-749-0779.
canadianchickie canadianchickie 9 years
Why would they picket the Grammy's anyways? It's not about acting out scripts, it's about music!
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 9 years
Yes! :highfive:
elocin elocin 9 years
No problem :)
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
elocin — thank you for posting that; at the time of the post and the article I linked to, that statement hadn't been made public.
elocin elocin 9 years
The WGA did give reasons for its Grammy decision: "...the Writers Guild, West Board of Directors has voted not to picket the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) face many of the same issues concerning compensation in new media that we do. In the interest of advancing our goal of achieving a fair contract, the WGAW Board felt that this gesture should be made on behalf our brothers and sisters in AFM and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)." That was from a letter sent out to all WGA members. BTW - I think there are more important issues at stake with this strike (eg. people's livelihoods) than if a few awards shows go ahead or not.
Honeylicious Honeylicious 9 years
this is comforting news. I didn't expect anything less though....50 years of the grammys would be a damn shame for it to go down like the golden globes. hopefully, fingers crossed, this strike will be over and we can get our shows back on the air.
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