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Guild Says It Won't Picket Grammy Awards
By LYNN ELBER 23 hours ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) The striking Hollywood writers guild said Tuesday it will refrain from picketing the upcoming Grammy Awards, possibly allowing the music ceremony to escape the fate of the wrecked Golden Globes show.

The guild's board of directors has yet to grant the music industry show a waiver that would allow union writers to work on the ceremony, but the Grammys typically depend more on performances than scripted lines or comedy.

The guild previously said it was unlikely to grant the Recording Academy a waiver for the Feb. 10 show, the music industry's most important event, set to be broadcast live on CBS from Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The writers guild refused to grant a waiver for the Golden Globes and threatened to picket, and the Screen Actors Guild encouraged its stars to stay away as well. As a result, the typically lavish three-hour televised awards extravaganza was reduced to a half-hour, celebrity-free newscast on Jan. 13.

Its audience dropped by 70 percent compared to last year, NBC lost millions in ad revenue, and Globe organizers had to forgo a reported $6 million license fee.

Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said his organization was pleased with the decision not to picket and added the awards "will focus solely on the great music, artists and charitable work resulting from our show."

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which represents actors, singers, dancers and others, also lauded the decision.

AFTRA President Roberta Reardon called the awards "a crucial platform for the Recording Academy's ongoing efforts to protect and advance the rights of musical artists."

Portnow had insisted the Grammys would continue no matter what and Beyonce and the Foo Fighters announced they still plan to perform at the event. There had been speculation that some musicians would sit out a picketed broadcast, especially top-level pop superstars who are also actors.

The decision against picketing the Grammys was made during a union board meeting on Monday, guild spokesman Neal Sacharow told The Associated Press. He declined to comment on the reason for the decision.

The decision was disclosed on the same day nominees were announced for next month's Academy Awards, which also is threatened by the writers strike. The guild has said it would not grant a waiver for the Oscars, the film industry's biggest promotional showcase.

Guild waivers were granted for this Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards and the NAACP Image Awards, held earlier this month.

A guild official cited the historic role the civil rights group has played in labor struggles in explaining the reason for the Image Awards waiver.

  

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Whats up with The Roots Pre Grammy Jam Session this year? [View all] , justin718, Wed Jan-09-08 02:37 PM
 
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ME TOO!
Jan 09th 2008
1
^^^^
Jan 11th 2008
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RE: Whats up with The Roots Pre Grammy Jam Session this year?
Jan 09th 2008
2
RE: Whats up with The Roots Pre Grammy Jam Session this year?
Jan 10th 2008
3
RE: Whats up with The Roots Pre Grammy Jam Session this year?
Jan 10th 2008
5
i'd like to go this year bc i got screwed last year
Jan 10th 2008
4
RE: i'd like to go this year bc i got screwed last year
Jan 10th 2008
6
i got on the guest list too but had to choose between their...
Jan 11th 2008
9
a justin718 post not about pac div?
Jan 11th 2008
7
i was there, and i would kill to go again this year..
Jan 11th 2008
8
RE: i was there, and i would kill to go again this year..
Jan 11th 2008
12
yeah, im supposed to be in LA around that time.
Jan 11th 2008
10
RE: Whats up with The Roots Pre Grammy Jam Session this year?
Jan 13th 2008
13
RE: Whats up with The Roots Pre Grammy Jam Session this year?
Jan 14th 2008
14
It's been their practice to wait until the last minute
Jan 16th 2008
17
      RE: It's been their practice to wait until the last minute
Jan 20th 2008
18
u know there's a writers strike. there may not even be a grammy show
Jan 14th 2008
15
RE: u know there's a writers strike. there may not even be a grammy show
Jan 15th 2008
16
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD --- INVITE ME!!!!!!
Jan 23rd 2008
20
this is good news..
Jan 24th 2008
22
ya know 2.10 is Dilla's 2 year afterlife anniversary, right?
Jan 23rd 2008
21
it's happening - please please invite me (link)
Jan 25th 2008
23
great news! now if only i can get that invite
Jan 25th 2008
24
RE: great news! now if only i can get that invite
Jan 25th 2008
25
RE: it's happening - please please invite me (link)
Jan 25th 2008
26
cool.
Jan 25th 2008
27
RE: it's happening - please please invite me (link)
Jan 26th 2008
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RE: it's happening - please please invite me (link)
Jan 26th 2008
29
*puts in obligatory 'please invite me' request here*
Jan 26th 2008
30
this is the same night as the dilla nightlife, hm.....
Jan 29th 2008
41
*shameless please invite me post*
Jan 27th 2008
31
They prob going to post the 'reply within 10 minutes...'
Jan 27th 2008
32
yeah. they do that every year.
Jan 27th 2008
33
      RE: yeah. they do that every year.
Jan 27th 2008
35
           I'm stuck in Louisiana this week
Jan 28th 2008
36
           how do you RSS this site fam? im really serious about going. lmao.
Jan 29th 2008
42
RE: Whats up with The Roots Pre Grammy Jam Session this year?
Jan 27th 2008
34
man...I need to be there. Never know what you'll miss
Jan 28th 2008
37
RE: man...I need to be there. Never know what you'll miss
Jan 29th 2008
43
Can I go?
Jan 28th 2008
38
RE: Can I go?
Jan 28th 2008
39
      RE: Can I go?
Jan 29th 2008
40
^
Jan 31st 2008
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RE: I've been fortunate enough to...
Feb 02nd 2008
45
i was there in 2006.....
Feb 03rd 2008
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RE: Whats up with The Roots Pre Grammy Jam Session this year?
Jun 11th 2016
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