A Grammys picket could derail that show, too

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Striking writers have been forbidden to work on the 50th annual Grammys telecast next month — which isn't a huge blow, given that it's mostly a performance show, not a monologues-and-speechfest — but will they picket the ceremony?

"The WGA has not yet taken a position on picketing the Grammys ceremony," Writers Guild of America spokesman Gregg Mitchell said Monday.

The catch: Grammys producer John Cossette Prods. is on the WGA's list of "struck companies."

If they picket, once again a televised awards show could be in jeopardy because — like the ruined Globes this week — many celebrities won't cross the picket lines and thus won't go to the show, giving us fans few reasons to tune in. That's especially important for members of the Screen Actors Guild, which has told its members to support the striking writers.

And, yes, that affects the Grammys. Because SAG members include Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Alicia Keys, not to mention all the other movie stars who attend and present at the show.

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