Grammys could be next strike target

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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.

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Glad the writers have decided not to picket this. Heard on the radio that Tina Turner is supposed to perform with Beyonce. Since Beyonce is also a member of SAG, she would have had to cross the picket line! lol
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They aren't picketing after all
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How is the entertainment value or importance of the Grammy's relevant to the question of whether or not the WGA should boycott it. The WGA is doing the best they can to get access to revenue streams that they deserve. They need the media attention to make headway at this stalemate. Right now, the public is so self-absorbed that they are more upset about missing their favourite shows than caring about the writers whose creative energies make these shows so great! People like you are allowing reality TV to supplant scripted TV shows!
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I really hope that the Grammy's don't suffer the same fate as the Golden Globes. The networks should try harder to end the strike and the WGA should be more reasonable in their demands. I hope this will be resolved soon.
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_Sam_: When did I say any different? If the WDA represents the writers and they want control over reality shows, logic says that is what the writers want as well. Pay attention before jumping to conclusions. You clearly have your mind set on just one side of the dispute.
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onetunafish - For the last time, get your facts straight. Reality tv show writers WANT to be part of the guild. They don't get the benefits the other writers get, if they aren't in the guild.
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sicklizard696: Do you realize that money is not the reason why the negotiations stopped? The DGA made a deal with the studios that address pretty much everything the writers are asking for (DVDs, new media and so on). However the WGA made other demands. They want to take control over reality TV, animation and also want the right to stage sympathy strikes for other guilds. They pretty much want control over everything so they can stop hollywood anytime they want.
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Let me start by saying that I miss my favorite shows too BUT when you think that the REAL talent behind our favorite shows, the writers, only get 4 cents per every DVD sold, then I for one am behind them all the way, especially as they only want another 4 cents to go back to work!

Let's put a few things out there for discussion:

First, the actors, directors and producers all become filthy, stinking rich from our favorite shows, when without the talented writers giving them clever, funny or dramatic things to say they would all be (and soon to be) out of work.

Secondly: How high a price for really good writers? Well ask the people behind The Simpsons,one of the most brilliantly written shows of all time.

Lastly: Consider just how much money everybody else makes from the sale of a DVD. From the stars to the production company to the distributor to the stores who sell the DVD's.I am willing to bet that NONE of them would be happy making 8 cents on every sale, except the writers that is, after all that is all they want.

For the love of God, give them their money.

The greedy, over-paid fat cats in hollywood make so much money that 4 cents isn't even on their radar.

Remember the old saying "If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys".

Pay these talented people the pittance they want, after all it is way less than they deserve.
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Not that the Grammys are that big of a deal, but the strike is just getting way too much prees, and not the good type, me, I'm just pissed at them for halting my shows
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I am sure the world will survive without the Grammys or the Oscars for what I care. Scripted '08 TV is dead already anyway, who cares about award shows.
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Who cares anymore, the way this is going some may not have a job anymore... Just look how Colbert and Stewart are doing on their own. Who needs em?
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i still think the networks are being too uptight and unreasonable, which ever way you look at it, the writers deserve and have earned the right to the rights...
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Another dumb award show nobody watches. everyone can just not-watch-it next year, or go to a concert. i still support the wga.
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I am sure the world will survive without the Grammys or the Oscars for what I care. Scripted '08 TV is dead already anyway, who cares about award shows.
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I understand why they are doing this, with no negotiations they need to make sure that they are still being heard.
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Now the writers are getting selfish, i have supported the strike up till now, but just because they are on strike doesn't mean that the whole entertainment industry needs to shut down, the Grammys are about recognizing great music.
GO AWAY WRITERS
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I don't care about the Grammys but when will these greedy writers stop their annoying strike? A lot of people working in the TV/Film industry who earn a lot less than writers and actors are suffering. We just need 1 producer to sack all of them and hire brand new people. Same for the actors if the SAG decides to follow suit.
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I love the fact that most of the profits from the Grammys goes to childrens charitys and yet the WGA is still botcotting! I have no more compassion for the writters!
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who cares
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jasonbeckett- What do you mean "They could all just switch to non-union writer (and there are millions who are not allowed to work because of the WGA)"
Where are you getting your facts?
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Will someone tell the WGA that they are biting the ahnd that feeds them? At some point, the networks and producers are going to get sick of being kicked by the people they feed. They could all just switch to non-union writer (and there are millions who are not allowed to work because of the WGA) and then let the union die.
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I'm sure the Grammy's will be much like the GG Awards were. I see the same fate for the SAG and the Oscars. I really can't see this strike ending until July or August since the Producers really don't seem to care about settling and the writer's really haven't scored any points with anyone.
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The Grammys are lame anyway. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Yes, DabbleDone, this is getting old, it like when there is a maqure reward show coming, the WGA wants everybody to bycott it.
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Who cares any more? I've switched over to BBC America and BBC Dvds for my entertainment. It's a lot better written anyways!
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me too
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*sighs* This is getting soooo old.
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