Writers Guild Might Picket Grammys
After steamrolling through the Golden Globes and threatening the Oscars, the Writers Guild of America strike also might deflate a third marquee award show: the Grammys.After steamrolling through the Golden Globes and threatening the Oscars, the Writers Guild of America strike also might deflate a third marquee award show: the Grammys.
The 50th annual Grammy Awards are scheduled to air Feb. 10 on CBS live from Staples Center in Los Angeles.
WGA spokesman Gregg Mitchell said that Grammy organizers haven't asked for a script waiver for the awards' planned telecast, but he added that such a request likely would be denied. "The WGA has not yet taken a position on picketing the Grammys ceremony," Mitchell said.
But he noted that Grammys producer John Cossette Prods. is on the WGA's list of "struck companies."
Should the WGA decide to picket the awards show -- which conveniently takes place in Los Angeles where most writers are based -- celebrity attendance would certainly be affected. It was the refusal of SAG members to cross the picket line at the Globes that ultimately derailed the show.
"WGA has informed us that this is struck work and they expect to have a picket line in place," SAG said yesterday. "In those circumstances, our members have been unwilling to cross a picket line, and we anticipate that solidarity will continue."
Some of the marquee nominees, including Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Alicia Keys, are SAG members.