Amy Winehouse checks into rehab clinic
By Mike Collett-White
LONDON (Reuters) - British soul singer Amy Winehouse, who this week appeared in video footage allegedly showing her smoking crack cocaine, has entered a rehab clinic, her record company said on Thursday.
The troubled 24-year-old, who has been dogged by frequent suggestions of drug taking in recent months, also cancelled a scheduled performance at an awards ceremony in France this Saturday, record company Universal Music Group said.
"Amy Winehouse's planned appearance at the NRJ Awards in France on Saturday has been cancelled as the artist has entered a rehabilitation clinic," the company said in a statement.
"Amy decided to enter the facility today after talks with her record label, management, family and doctors.
"She has come to understand that she requires specialist treatment to continue her ongoing recovery from drug addiction and prepare for her planned appearance at the Grammy Awards."
Winehouse is one of Britain's top-selling singers, winning critical and commercial success with her album "Back to Black," which garnered six Grammy nominations in December.
The 2006 album has sold nearly 5 million copies worldwide, including 1.3 million in the United States.
The Grammy awards take place in the United States on February 10, but Winehouse's involvement has been in doubt because of her arrest for possession of marijuana in Norway last year. Continued...