The striking writers and the producers of the February 10 Grammy Awards have struck a deal…and the show must go on!
The WGA announced Monday that it would not picket the event and allow their writers to create their best award show banter. Working out an arrangement with the writer’s union is an enormous coup for the Grammys, the Golden Globes were cancelled because of an impasse between writers and producers of that show.
The Grammys had committed to continue without the writers. With a slate full of performers the show was shaping up to be one performance after another with a press conference in between to announce winners. The WGA felt an affinity with the musicians union in their ability to work out differences to allow the show to proceed.
“Professional musicians face many of the same issues that we do concerning fair compensation for the use of their work in new media,” said Patric M. Verrone, president of the guild’s West Coast branch, in the statement.
As this is the 50th anniversary Grammys, producers, performers, nominees and the audience for that matter, are all now breathing an enormous sigh of relief. The awards show with the best music has to offer will light up television screens February 10.