It seems that the producers of The Grammys and the WGA have come to an accord. Thank God, because I don’t know if I could handle unscripted banter between the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age and Bette Midler (ba-dum-pum).
Hollywood’s striking writers said on Monday they will grant an “interim agreement” to organizers of the Grammy awards allowing the ceremony honoring musicians to be written by union members.
Last week, the Writers Guild of America, which represents some 10,500 striking film and television writers, said it would not picket the music event, so Monday’s announcement further ensures the show will continue in its traditional format of presenters giving awards and musicians performing hit songs.
“Professional musicians face many of the same issues that we do concerning fair compensation for the use of their work in new media,” the Writers Guild said in a statement, adding that it made the decision “in the interest of advancing our goal of achieving a fair contract.” [Reuters/NYTimes]