The wrath of the writers strike was able to reduce the Golden Globes to a Billy Bush-laden press conference.
Now, the strike by the Writers Guild of America (WGA), currently in its 12th week, threatens to wreak similar havoc on the 50th annual Grammy Awards, according to Ad Age. The Grammys presentation is set for February 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS.
The WGA is asking artists and musicians who are members of the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) to skip the Grammys, a move intended to reduce the event's star power and thus viability. The WGA used a similar tactic last weekend to force the glitzy Golden Globes to be scaled back dramatically.
"WGA has informed us that this is struck work and they expect to have a picket line in place," SAG said yesterday in a statement. "In those circumstances, our members have been unwilling to cross a picket line, and we anticipate that solidarity will continue."
The list of SAG-affiliated artists and musicians is a lengthy one that includes such big names as Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, T.I., Ludacris, Reba McEntire, Mandy Moore, Jennifer Hudson, and Queen Latifah, not to mention the countless nonmusic celebrities that traditionally attend the ceremony.
In addition, the strike forces the Grammy telecast to take place without the assistance of writers, and tech workers booked to work on the show are not crossing the picket line to do their jobs.
Another ominous sign is that the performers and presenters for the 49th annual Grammys were announced by this time last year.
For more on the writers strike, check out TV.com's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.