The producers of the Grammy Awards today (Jan. 15) requested an interim agreement from the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) to proceed with the televised awards presentation on Feb. 10.

The move comes after a day of speculation as to whether the striking members of the guild would picket the event; if so, the turnout of union-friendly performers and members of the Screen Actor's Guild who wouldn't cross a picket line would be in doubt.

The Recording Academy is not a signatory to the WGA, but Cossette Productions, which produces the Grammys, is on the list of the guild's struck companies. A spokesperson with the WGA previously said that since the Grammys were not under contract with the union that it was "under the radar" of the Guild.

That appears to have changed with the successful dismantling of the Golden Globes ceremony this past weekend, as media reports started soon afterwards that the WGA was now considering picketing the event.

In a statement, Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy, said the interim agreement -- along the lines of the ones struck with CBS compatriot Worldwide Pants -- "would both allow the talented writers for the show to be compensated fairly for their valuable services and allow us to demonstrate support for the creative community of writers in a tangible and meaningful way."

Portnow went on to say that he met with WGA West president Patric Verrone on Jan. 8. In response to the petition by the Grammys, the WGA released a short statement saying it received the request and that it would be taken under consideration.

The American Federation of Musician (AFM) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) also released a "c'mon, can't we all get along?"-style statement voicing their support for The Grammys to continue as they have in previous years.

"In light of the news that the producer of the Grammy Awards has made a firm offer to the WGA, AFM and AFTRA strongly urge all of our members to support the important work of the Recording Academy by participating in the Grammy events. We also strongly encourage all participating union members to express support for our ongoing efforts to ensure that musical artists and creative talent receive fair compensation for their work in digital media, as well as support for our brothers and sisters in the WGA."

Earlier today, the WGA announced it had reached an interim agreement with the NAACP Image Awards, which are scheduled to air Feb. 14 on Fox.

In response to that agreement, Verrone said in a statement: “The Guild examines each request like this individually and no decision is easy. Our ultimate goal is to resolve this strike by achieving a good contract. Because of the historic role the NAACP has played in struggles like ours, we think this decision is appropriate to jointly achieve our goals."

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