Now I don't recall ever giving a shit about The Grammys and this year was certainly destined to be no different until I noticed a story about the great Amy Winehouse on the old TV last night while watching some CNN at my buddy's house after the Raptors game.
As you probably know by now the divine Ms. Winehouse - who is up for six nominations this year including Best New Artist and Album of the Year - was scheduled to perform on the Grammys broadcast tomorrow night in Los Angeles but unfortunately her application for an entry visa had been denied by The American Embassy in London. Well it turns out that this decision had been reversed by somebody and it had once again become possible for Amy Winehouse to perform in Los Angeles. But Amy - perhaps more than a little justifiably pissed that her application had been denied in the first place - decided to stick with her original decision and perform via sattelite from London.
Good on her, we say.
If they are going to treat you like that than they can have you on your terms Amy. Baby. Stay in your hometown and let them watch you on the big screen. This is shaping up to be an absolutely delicious rock and roll drama perfectly suited to and for an artist of Amy Winehouse's stature. Diva - for sure. In the best definition of the word. The girl just can't help it. She is just one of those decadent, dark and dangerous, immensely talented figures of which the world of rock and roll has been so sorely lacking of late; with a voice far beyond her years and a singing style that can bring to your knees.
Whether or not she will perform her break out hit Rehab - I have no idea. And whether not such a choice would be just too obvious, or perfectly, brilliantly triumphant, so befitting the deep irony of the occasion - I really have no idea.
I'm sure she'll do the right thing. Or better yet, maybe not.
Its been a tough year for Amy after her beloved husband Blake Fielder-Civil was sent to jail for alleged witness tampering in his upcoming assault case; and after she did in fact have to go to rehab after a video surfaced online of her purportedly inhaling smoke from what looked to be a crack pipe. And thus you might think she would be a strange choice for a blog called Global Health Nexus, but we the editorial staff beg to disagree. Because we, like the Times of London itself, just want to see Amy get well and prosper. We only want to see her live on and create more of her signature beautiful, luscious and dark songs.
We think she's good for us and wish her only good health.
And so we wish her all the best tomorrow and into the future. We love the fact that by staying in England she basically told the Grammys and the American government to go fuck themselves.
And we proudly welcome her this week as GHN's Weekly Musical Guest:
Okay. Perhaps I was a little off the mark with the "go fuck themselves" thing, but you know, it felt good. My cultural commentary may be on par with my political punditry, but I persevere.
It appears that Amy cleaned up winning five awards, as if that was ever in doubt. I'm sure our endorsement pushed her over the top. I had the show on in the background last night and her performance was easily the most exciting, only interesting thing on that dreary broadcast.
Some day the 60's will end.