will not attend this year's Grammy Awards because her
request for a visa was denied, but she will perform by
satellite at Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles.
Winehouse and her
acclaimed Back to Black album are nominated for
Grammys in six categories. She will perform material
from the album, an executive close to the Grammys told the
Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Thursday.
Organisation, which counts the troubled retro-soul sensation
among its clients, said in an e-mail that Winehouse, who
shot to fame with the autobiographical single
''Rehab,'' was disappointed that her request for a
visa had been turned down by the U.S. Embassy.
''Amy has been
progressing well since entering a rehabilitation clinic
two weeks ago and, although disappointed with the decision,
has accepted the ruling and will be concentrating on
her recovery,'' the Outside Organisation said.
didn't say why her application was rejected. The U.S.
Embassy in London and the State Department in Washington
declined to comment late Thursday. Shane O'Neill,
Winehouse's spokesman, said he had nothing to add.
immigration lawyer Bernie Wolfsdorf called it surprising
that Winehouse wasn't able to obtain a visa. Although
she has a marijuana arrest on her record that could be
used for exclusion from the United States, Wolfsdorf
said it is commonplace for entertainers to be granted a
waiver for such an offense, particularly if they are just
making a quick visit to appear at an awards show.
''I am going to
say it appears to be an aberration at this time compared
to the situation of many others. The list of British rock
stars with pot convictions is longer than my arm,''
said Wolfsdorf, vice president of the American
Immigration Lawyers Association.
He said it is
possible, however, that Winehouse's drug transgressions
were so recent that authorities are reluctant to grant her a
visa until she demonstrates more fully that ''she has
moved toward the path of rehabilitation.''
potent blend of blues, jazz, pop, and soul has won praise
from critics and fans, but her chaotic personal life has
increasingly upstaged her music. Concerned family
members regularly beg Winehouse to seek help in
letters splashed across the pages of British tabloid
newspapers and magazines.
Since the album's
U.S. release in December 2006, she has canceled a slew
of appearances amid reports of drug use. Her husband, Blake
Fielder-Civil, is accused of attacking a pub landlord and
later conspiring with the landlord to have him
withdraw as a witness at the trial.
Last month The
Sun tabloid ran still images from a video that it
claimed showed Winehouse inhaling fumes from a small
pipe. The images were said to have been filmed during a
party at her London home.
thereafter Winehouse entered a London rehabilitation center
and has been questioned by police.
Winehouse and Fielder-Civil were arrested in Norway on
charges of marijuana possession, for which they were fined.
In November, Winehouse's Norwegian attorney, Ole
Kvelstad, said her payment of the fine amounted to a
guilty plea, which he said could have serious
consequences if she sought to enter the U.S.
canceled an appearance at the 2007 mtvU Woodie Awards in
November ''due to visa issues.''
music acts have had difficulty securing visas. Lily Allen
was scheduled to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards in
September, but the pop star's immigration visa was
revoked. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
hasn't commented, but her manager has said he
suspected it was because Allen was arrested in London in
June after an altercation with photographers. (AP)