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The Grammys Sic Lawyers On New York’s Gay-Nightlife Glammy Awards
Sep 10, 2012 by gaycities
You’d think the Grammys would have bigger fish to fry—like being increasingly irrelevant year after year—but apparently the music industry’s top dogs are going after drag queen Cherry Jubilee for trademark infringement.
Our scandal sister Michael Musto reports that when Jubilee tried to trademark the Glammy Awards, the annual drag, DJ and go-go event she’s been holding for 14 years, attorneys for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences got all up in her face.
“I’ve been fighting them myself—since I can’t afford lawyers—for over a year. They’ve tried every trick and maneuver in the dirty playbook. And they got my request for one denied,” says Jubliee. “And now, not being happy enough with that, they are threatening me and XL (the venue where we are holding Glammys this year) with lawsuits… demanding we not use the name… They feel the similarities would cause confusion and ‘damage’ their mark. It’s absurd.”
The drag diva makes the salient point that there’s already another Glammy Awards, sponsored by Glamour magazine, and they’ve never been hit with a cease-and-desist order. She’s still fighting the good fight, but to avoid any unpleasantness this year, Jubilee has “officially” renamed it the Glam Awards.
Honestly, with nominees like Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, aren’t the Grammys halfway to being a drag show anyway?