Los Angeles, CA (January 23, 2008)–Following intensive lobbying by the Recording Academy, the Writers Guild of America, West has agreed not to picket the Grammy Awards, it has been reported. There has been no decision regarding a request for an interim agreement to cover the two writers working on the show’s telecast, which marks the Grammy’s fiftieth anniversary.
According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, the Recording Academy has been stressing its charitable contributions during Grammy Week, in particular to MusiCares, in their discussions with Patric Verrone, the WGAW president. The WGA recently granted waivers to the NAACP Image Awards and the SAG Awards, in part due to the charitable endeavors of those organizations. The live CBS telecast will be able to go ahead as planned even if a waiver for the show’s writers–similar to that recently obtained by David Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants–is not forthcoming.
In addition, the two unions representing the performers, AFTRA and the American Federation of Musicians, have reportedly emphasized their support for the WGA while also requesting that the Grammy Awards ceremony and broadcast be allowed to go ahead without disruption.
Prior to the latest reports, artists including SAG member Beyonce and Foo Fighters had already announced their intention to perform at the event, which will be broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10, regardless of the WGA’s decision. According to reports last week, many artists have been waiting to see how the labor dispute turns out before committing to appear at the event.
50th Annual Grammy Awards