Grammys Approach, Hollywood Becomes Falkirk
Author: Peter Kimmich
published: 2008-01-16 04:46:10
As months go by since the Writers’ strike, annual awards productions are unfolding like scenes in a civil war movie, each production bringing in new characters to clash with the striking Writers Guild of America - first the producers, then the screen actors, then the directors. With the Grammys now approaching in February, the musicians are being dragged into the fray, leaving Hollywood looking like the action scenes from Braveheart.
Cossette Productions, who produces the Grammys, requested an interim waiver from the WGA hoping to keep what will be the 50th edition of the ceremony afloat, USA Today reported Tuesday. Support for the waiver came from the American Federation of Musicians and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which more or less means the musicians are asking the writers if they’ll be nice for the producers this time. So in civil-war terminology, if the Writers Clan declines the waiver, it could put the Musician Tribe at odds with the Writers, which would also put them at odds with the Actors Cult, since the Actors are backing the Writers. Meanwhile, as the Directors Brood forge their own treaty with the Producer Huns, their failure to leave the Writers some scraps to work with would make things tense between the Writers and the fidgety Directors, which potentially makes the Directors and the Musicians allies. Then, if the Irish don’t defect, the French can launch flaming arrows on the whole mess and the English can go home.
The WGA had previously made it clear that a waiver for the Grammys would be a tough thing to finagle, but the Recording Academy’s sympathy toward unions gives the musicians some weight in the matter. So the official word is that no decision has been made yet to picket the Grammys, which barring any guerilla action, would be broadcasted February 10 from the Staples Center, and would air on CBS. But don’t get your hopes up, said WGA East spokesperson Sherry Goldman in USA Today. “CBS is a struck company, the show has writers, and the writers are on strike.”
Another factor is pressure from the Screen Actors Guild for nominated musicians not to attend the Grammys, USA Today reports. And similar to the ill-fated Golden Globe Awards, the Grammys would be another low-rent party if the musicians decide not to cross the picket lines. However, the musicians in question include Justin Timberlake, Queen Latifah, Beyoncé and Tim McGraw, so it’s not like the bar would have run out of Jack anyway.
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow showed optimism for the Grammys in a statement, saying, "We will take whatever action is necessary to ensure that a program so vital to our industry … is held as planned. Accordingly, all preparations … remain in full swing."
Now the real question is, if the Grammys go through, will you even watch it? Seriously, did you watch the last one? Thought so.