Amy Winehouse Denied U.S. Visa, Won't Attend Grammys

UPDATED 02/07/2008 at 04:45 PM EST Originally published 02/07/2008 at 02:55 PM EST

Amy Winehouse Denied U.S. Visa, Won't Attend Grammys
Amy Winehouse
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Amy Winehouse will not be attending the Grammy Awards this weekend because she's been refused permission to touch down on American soil – but she will be performing via satellite.

The troubled singer will perform and accept any awards via video feed, EW.com reports, citing a music executive involved with the Grammys.

Winehouse's hopes of showing up in person were nixed after she was denied a visa. "The singer has been invited to appear at the event on Sunday after receiving an amazing six nominations for the prestigious awards," reads a statement issued by her publicist on Thursday. "Unfortunately, her application for a visa to enter the United States of America has been rejected at this time by the American Embassy in London.

"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 statement continues. "Amy has been treated well and fairly by the Embassy staff and thanks everyone for their support in trying to make this happen. There will of course be other opportunities and she very much looks forward to visiting America in the near future."

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