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J Records Buys Hunk of Grammy Time

According to Page 6 of the New York Post on February 12, J Records has bought $3 million dollars worth of advertising on the Grammy Awards' show on CBS-TV on February 27. The Post says, The National Academy of the Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), which runs the Grammy Awards, is under heavy lobbying by J Records honcho Clive Davis to feature his new star Alicia Keys on the top-rated show."

The Post reports that NARAS chief Mike Greene held an emergency meeting on "the Clive question" on February 11. "Clive started months ago. He called Mike 10 times a day," a source said. Davis also did what no record exec has done before – he started calling Les Moonves and other CBS execs. "Clive even went out and bought $3 million in advertising. When Mike found out, he went through the roof. This sets a horrible precedent. It's good for CBS, but really bad for the Grammys," the source explained. "Mike is really mad."

NARAS spokesman Ron Roecker told PAGE SIX: "Mike and Clive are great friends. A CBS-Clive Davis-Mike Greene meeting never happened . . . Clive doesn't need to woo anybody, and Alicia's talent completely stands on her own."