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Striking Writers Can Work on Grammys

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Jan 29, 2008 | 4:23am EST

Hollywood's striking writers have been given the green light to work on next month's Grammy Awards ceremony.

Last week, Writers Guild of America (WGA) union bosses announced they did not plan to ask members to protest outside the event.

But on Monday, the WGA said its members had signed an "interim agreement" to work on the Feb. 10 event.

A WGA statement read: "Professional musicians face many of the same issues that we do concerning fair compensation for the use of their work in new media."

The statement adds that it made the decision "in the interest of advancing our goal of achieving a fair contract."

Acts such as Justin Timberlake, Beyonce50 Cent and Jon Bon Jovi had threatened to boycott the ceremony in support of the Hollywood writers strike.

Grammy organizers The Recording Academy says it was "gratified" to reach the deal.

Neil Portnow, Recording Academy president and chief executive says, "Having our talented writers on the team further ensures the highest level of creativity and innovation."

WGA bosses have only granted waivers for the NAACP Image Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards.

Both the Golden Globes and People's Choice Awards were downsized earlier this month as a result of the three-month-long strike action.

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