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The Grammys Are a Go But Will Anyone Be Watching?

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The WGA Board voted unanimously last night to not picket the 50th Grammy Awards, February 10th at Staples Center.

If there was an exasperating gasp of relief following the WGA vote, excuse us for missing it. For most of our lifetime the Grammys has done little more than exemplify just how out of touch the so-called mainstream is with Gen x+y's musical taste (with apologies to The Dixie Chicks).

The only way this Grammy Awards show is gonna be "special" and worth watching is if the teleprompters go on strike. Kanye West doesn't want any writers and nobody wants to see him reading even his *own* notes on a "live" broadcast (CBS broadcasts the show live at 8pm on the East Coast, and rebroadcasts at 8pm out West). Snoop Dogg could emcee the show and blaze through the night unscripted. Britney? Rumor has it she's banned from the premises (Page Six). Amy Winehouse? She'll be lucky to make it out of Heathrow after last weekend's crack-smoking affair. Here in LA, we'll know the results and will have seen the good stuff (if any) on YouTube by the time the curtain goes up anyway (save for perhaps some satellite subscribers).

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A short-list of performers at the 50th Grammys and some of our favorite Grammy video after the jump.

The following musicians will get lifetime achievement awards!: Burt Bacharach, Doris Day, Earl Scruggs, Cab Calloway, Itzhak Perlman, Max Roach, and The Band.

Possibly Performing:
* Beyoncé, possibly joined by Tina Turner (no, not Whitney Houston), who will come out of "retirement."
* Foo Fighters
* John Legend. He loves awards shows and is reportedly performing on the flight to LA.
* Janet Jackson. She's got a new record but we're as confident in this happening as we are in Jermaine's promised 2008 Jackson's Reunion Tour.

A segment of 1984 Grammy history that will make you laugh and cry below: