Amy Winehouse has been granted a US visa just 24 hours after she was banned from entering America to attend the Grammy Awards – but she still won’t travel to Los Angeles to perform at the ceremony.
The British singer was initially refused a visa at the US embassy in London on Thursday, because of a drug conviction in Norway last October (07).
Following the decision, Grammy organisers arranged for Winehouse to perform live at Sunday’s event via a satellite link-up.
But the embassy reversed its decision on Friday – after discussions involving “officials in the United States” concluded Winehouse can go to America.
But the Rehab star has opted to remain in London.
A statement revealed: “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. Unfortunately, due to the logistics involved and timing complications, Amy will not be travelling to the US to perform at the Grammys in person. However, she will be performing via satellite broadcast as previously announced.
“Amy would like to thank all of those people, in particular the staff involved at the U.S. embassy in London, who have all worked so hard to expedite her application.
“She is looking forward to being a part of the 50th Annual Grammy Awards with her Sunday night performance and to going back to the US soon.”
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