Amy Winehouse puts rehab in spotlight

Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:19pm EST
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By Sue Zeidler

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rehab has never been hotter in Hollywood, and nowhere was that more apparent than on Sunday at the Grammy awards with British singer Amy Winehouse's five big wins, more than any other artist.

After months of headlines about drug and alcohol treatment for troubled Hollywood stars like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan, soul singer Winehouse became the latest celebrity to shake-off the stigma of rehab and look like a winner.

Yet, while some Grammy attendees said Winehouse would have been well looked after by handlers had she attended the U.S. music industry's top awards, mental health professionals said the stress of performing coupled with Hollywood glamour could have derailed the singer's recovery.

Why wasn't the beehive-coiffed and tattooed Winehouse not in Los Angeles to accept her five Grammys? She was in rehab.

Winehouse scored a key victory for best song with hit single "Rehab," in which she recounts her reluctance to seek help for excessive drinking.

The singer won best new artist, record of the year and best female pop vocal solo performance for "Rehab," as well as best pop vocal album for he breakthrough release, "Back to Black."

She accepted her Grammys and performed "Rehab" and another tune, "You Know I'm No Good," from a studio in England via satellite during the awards' telecast.

"Thanks very much. It's an honor to be here," said a visibly moved Winehouse via satellite, appearing healthier than she did a few weeks ago when she was admitted.   Continued...

<p>Amy Winehouse performs via satellite from London at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, California February 10, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Blake</p>