This year's Grammy Awards could still go ahead after organisers asked the striking Hollywood writers to allow the show to proceed.

Last weekend's Golden Globe awards ceremony was cancelled in favour of a press conference after actors scheduled to attend said they were unwilling to cross the picket line established by members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA).

In response to the ongoing industrial action, Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, has confirmed that The Producers of the 50th annual Grammy awards have requested an interim agreement with the WGA to allow the show to go ahead.

Portnow said Cossette Productions were seeking to establish the same type of accord that had allowed talk-show host David Letterman to return to the air on January 3rd.

He explained that during a meeting with WGA president, he had outlined the Recording Academy's backing for the writers' union's right to strike, saying that "The Music industry had for more than a decade been fighting to obtain fair and just compensation for the original digital content of its members".

Due to its charitable contributions, "no awards show touches more lives of those in need than the Grammys" and it remained of "vital importance" to the music industry, he added.

Portnow pledged to "take whatever action is necessary to ensure that a programme so vital to our industry, artists, charitable beneficiaries, and the great city of Los Angeles is held as planned".

The leading nominees for this year's ceremony are Kanye West, with eight nods, and Amy Winehouse, named in six categories.

Members of the WGA have been on strike since November in a dispute regarding royalty payments for the redistribution of their work on DVD, the internet and mobile phones.

The WGA yesterday signed an interim agreement to allow the 39th annual National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) Image awards to air on February 14th.

16/01/2008 13:16:57