Acts sing backup for Grammys
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As the WGA considers a request for an interim agreement with the Recording Academy to proceed with the Grammy Awards, some nominated artists and their reps are voicing their support for the awards show.
The Recording Academy released a statement Thursday from Mathew Knowles of Music World Entertainment, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and John Silva of SAM Music Management.
Knowles, who represents multiple nominee Beyonce, said: "The work of the Recording Academy is vital to the music industry, and we have every intention of being with the entire music community to celebrate the Grammy's 50th birthday in February. Beyonce has been asked to participate and will do so. We have an incredible Beyonce performance that will be announced soon."
Foo Fighters, whose five nominations include album and record of the year, are up for album of the year among other Grammys are taking part in this year's "My Grammy Moment" contest, which gives unheralded artists a chance to upload an audition to YouTube in the hopes with performing with the band at the Grammys. "We're participating in 'My Grammy Moment' because it creates opportunities," Grohl said. "Opportunities to write, compose, play and study music -- skills that absolutely need to be passed on to generations to come."
Silva said: "We're looking forward to attending this year's Grammy Awards as we do every year. We are hopeful that we will see a resolution to the current situation affecting our entire industry, as Foo Fighters have always had nothing short of amazing experiences with the writers, producers, fellow artists and audiences at the Grammys and every television show the band has ever played.
"There's no question that the Grammys are a highlight of every year for the industry and audiences alike," he added, "and we're thrilled that the Foo Fighters will be performing on the show."
Ann Donahue is senior editor at Billboard.