50th Grammys poised for its ‘moment’
February 10, 2008
Anniversary show clears writers strike hurdle
By Phil Gallo
Posted: Thurs., Feb. 7, 2008, 3:39pm PT
I learned a lot about unions and labor laws,” is Recording Academy prexy Neil Portnow’s comment on his life over the last two months, time usually focused strictly on dealing with talent, managers and TV producers as the annual Grammy telecast is assembled.
This year’s Grammy telecast is a crucial one: It’s the awards show’s 50th anniversary, and the last thing organizers needed was a glitch in their preparations caused by the writers strike. It took some time, some extra chats with the creative community and some PR efforts — statements from musicians and unions that support the Grammys — but the Recording Academy was freed of potential roadblocks a full two weeks before the show.
The rest of the Variety Article is here.
I am glad that music was a catalyst to ending the writers strike. Just goes to show that music is truly a healing force.
I haven’t watched the Grammys in a while, but I will be sure to watch this 50th Anniversary edition tonight. It should be special.