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Grammys expected to go on with Amy Winehouse, Beyonce

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Amybeyonce_lThe Hollywood Insider has confirmed that troubled singer Amy

Winehouse (pictured, left) plans to appear at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10. She’s nominated for six

statuettes, but there had been concern that her legal woes would

prevent the Brit from obtaining a visa to enter the U.S. That tangle

seems to have been worked out, but it’s still unknown whether she’ll

perform.

The Grammys have bigger issues to deal with, anyway. Putting together this year’s half-centennial bash has become particularly thorny, thanks to — what else? — the writers strike. The Golden Globes were reduced to a press conference because of the strike, but the Recording Academy insists that, regardless of WGA approval, it’s forging ahead with the ceremony.

If the WGA doesn’t allow its writers to pen dialogue for the CBS

telecast, insiders say viewers can expect a banter-light,

performance-heavy ceremony. The Foo Fighters are the only act confirmed

so far. They’ll be playing an orchestral version of the

Grammy-nominated song “The Pretender” as part of the annual My Grammy Moment

contest. Other performers are expected to be announced any day now, but

we hear that offers are out to Michael Bublé, John Legend, and Chris

Daughtry for what’s shaping up to be a marathon of tributes and duets.

“It’s been business as usual,”says a source familiar with the

bookings.”Even the parties are still a go.”

But if the WGA announces that writers will picket

the event, all eyes will turn to nominees such as Beyoncé (pictured,

right), Justin Timberlake, and Jon Bon Jovi — all of whom happen to be

members of the Screen Actors Guild — for guidance. (UPDATE: In a statement released Thursday, Beyoncé’s father/manager Matthew Knowles said the singer would attend and perform at the Grammys.) SAG has vowed that

its members will not cross a WGA picket line. Will these

musician-actors show up? One industry exec bets that, in the end, the

stars’ music loyalties will win out: “While artists respect the

writers, they will still attend the awards. The Grammys are a highly

coveted celebration and a symbol of credibility to their peers.” Grammy

organizers, not to mention legions of music fans, are surely hoping

that’s right.

If the WGA doesn’t allow its writers to pen dialogue for the CBStelecast, insiders say viewers can expect a banter-light,performance-heavy ceremony. The Foo Fighters are the only act confirmedso far. They’ll be playing an orchestral version of theGrammy-nominated song “The Pretender” as part of the annual My Grammy Momentcontest. Other performers are expected to be announced any day now, butwe hear that offers are out to Michael Bublé, John Legend, and ChrisDaughtry for what’s shaping up to be a marathon of tributes and duets.”It’s been business as usual,”says a source familiar with thebookings.”Even the parties are still a go.”

But if the WGA announces that writers will picketthe event, all eyes will turn to nominees such as Beyoncé (pictured,right), Justin Timberlake, and Jon Bon Jovi — all of whom happen to bemembers of the Screen Actors Guild — for guidance. (UPDATE: In a statement released Thursday, Beyoncé’s father/manager Matthew Knowles said the singer would attend and perform at the Grammys.) SAG has vowed thatits members will not cross a WGA picket line. Will thesemusician-actors show up? One industry exec bets that, in the end, thestars’ music loyalties will win out: “While artists respect thewriters, they will still attend the awards. The Grammys are a highlycoveted celebration and a symbol of credibility to their peers.” Grammyorganizers, not to mention legions of music fans, are surely hopingthat’s right.