Amy Will Be at Grammys— via Satellite

US denies visa for rehabbing Winehouse to perform at LA awards
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2008 6:22 PM CST
Fans of British singer Amy Winehouse hold up cut-outs of her face waiting for her arrival at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London for the hearing of her husband Blake Fielder-Civil, Friday, Nov. 23, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A recent trip to rehab hasn't made the US government a bigger fan of singer Amy Winehouse. Her bid for a visa to perform at the Grammy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles has been denied by the American embassy in London, the AP reports. She won't be a total no-show, however—producers have finagled a live performance via satellite.

Winehouse is "disappointed with the decision but has accepted the ruling and will be concentrating on her recovery," her reps said. The 24-year-old, whose music blends blues, jazz, and pop, is nominated in six Grammy categories. She's been a tabloid mainstay in Britain because of her drug problems, and she entered rehab two weeks ago.