Friday, February 08, 2008

Amy Winehouse Gets Her Visa... But Too Late for Grammys

Amy Winehouse finally got her visa to come to the U.S., but it came too late for her to get to the Grammys on Sunday. Winehouse's visa request was originally turned down due to immigration rules covering "use and abuse of narcotics," a U.S. State Department official was quoted as saying in an ABC News article.

Winehouse will perform live during the Grammys via satellite from a studio in London, which was the original fallback plan when her original visa application was turned down. Winehouse, her album "Back to Black," and her single "Rehab" are nominated for a total of six Grammys, and she will be able to accept any awards she wins via the satellite hookup.

ABC News said that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had been "rapidly" processing Winehouse's appeal, and the staff of the U.S. Embassy in London had been working to speed up her application.

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