Grammys Welcome WGA Pledge Not To Picket Ceremony
January 22, 2008 at 5:21 PM (PT)
Although the WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, which went on strike two months ago, still hasn't decided whether to grant THE RECORDING ACADEMY a waiver to allow the two WGA writers to work on the GRAMMYS ceremony FEBRUARY 10th, the union has decided not to picket the ceremony, which will air live on CBS from LOS ANGELES.
According to THE L.A. TIMES, the decision not to picket will likely ease the minds of musicians and nominees such as JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and ALICIA KEYS, who were debating whether or not to attend the ceremony. Now, the GRAMMYS won't suffer the fate of the GOLDEN GLOBES, where the typically lavish three-hour televised awards extravaganza was reduced to a one-hour, celebrity-free newscast on JANUARY 13th.
"We are pleased with the decision made by the WGA today," THE RECORDING ACADEMY Pres./CEO NEIL PORTNOW said in a statement. "In light of this, we are gratified that the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards will focus solely on the great music, artists and charitable work resulting from our show. We look forward to unveiling the exciting lineup of artists who will give our worldwide audience one of the most memorable GRAMMY shows ever."