Grammy Update: R&B Singer Amy Winehouse Denied Visa

R&B singer Amy Winehouse will not step foot on Grammy soil after her U.S. visa application was denied by the country’s embassy in London. A spokesman for the troubled star said she was “disappointed”, but had “accepted the ruling and will be concentrating on her recovery”. A statement from her management company did not say why her application was turned down. Winehouse, who was fined for cannabis possession in Norway last year, has been nominated for six Grammy Awards ahead of the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday. Nominations include the major prizes of record, album and song of the year. She is now expected to perform via satellite during the ceremony instead. BBC entertainment reporter Colin Paterson said: “The blow to Amy Winehouse is that this was going to be one of the highlights of her whole career. “She was going to be on the same bill as Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Herbie Hancock – all-time greats. “The Grammys was the carrot her family and record company used as a way to persuade her to get into rehab. Now they’re going to have to find another way to motivate her.” The Grammys is the most prestigious award event in the music industry’s calendar. This year, Tina Turner and Beyonce will perform a duet and Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Fergie and Alicia Keys are among the other performers. Award presenters include Stevie Wonder, Prince, Tony Bennett, Nelly Furtado, Ringo Starr, Chris Brown and Tom Hanks.


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