- The Washington Times - Friday, February 8, 2008

LONDON (AP) Amy Winehouse’s visa to the United States has been granted, but the troubled singer won’t be traveling to Sunday’s Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles to perform in person, her representatives said today.

“Following further discussions involving the U.S. Embassy in London and officials in the United States, Amy Winehouse has been granted a visa to enter the United States of America,” the Outside Organization said in a statement. “Unfortunately, due to the logistics involved and timing complications, Amy will not be traveling to the U.S. to perform at the Grammys in person.”

Miss Winehouse, who has six nominations, second only to rap star Kanye West, is in a rehab clinic after a well-publicized battle with drugs.

She had hoped to attend the ceremony, but the visa denial was not a huge surprise. The U.S. government has been making it harder for foreign artists with blemished records to perform in the United States.

Grammy officials said Miss Winehouse will perform from a London studio. The song was not disclosed, but it likely will be her breakthrough hit “Rehab.” The tune, which recounts her reluctance to seek help, is nominated for record of the year.

Miss Winehouse’s other nominations are for album of the year, song of the year, best new artist, female pop vocal performance and pop vocal album.

Reuters news agency contributed to this report



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