Writers Guild Considers Picketing Grammys
Will another awards gala go down for the count?
After steamrolling through the Golden Globes and threatening the Oscars, the Hollywood writers strike may also deflate a third marquee award show -- the Grammys.
The 50th annual Grammy Awards are scheduled to air February 10 on CBS live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Writers Guild of America spokesman Gregg Mitchell said Monday that Grammy organizers have not asked for a special waiver to allow union writers to work on the telecast but 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 Screen Actors Guild members to cross the picket line at the Globes that ultimately derailed that show.