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Posten on: 2008-08-11 08:40:48

It was Amy Winehouse's night: The British pop singer pulled off a near-clean sweep at the 50th annual Grammy Awards Sunday night, scoring five trophies including record of the year, song of the year and best new artist, while putting on a passionate performance via satellite from London. Winehouse won all the night's top awards, except album of the year, which went to Herbie Hancock for River: The Joni Letters. "I can't believe I've won five awards," Winehouse said. She coyly sang "Rehab" and "You Know I'm No Good" via satellite link from London, then dedicated her record of the year trophy to her hometown, parents and jailed husband, "my Blake, my Blake incarcerated." Hancock, whose "River: The Joni Letters" won album of the year, said after the show Sunday night at the Staples Center that it was "immeasurable how surprised I am."Kanye West won four Grammys. He won Best Rap Album for his "Graduation." He also won Best Male Rap Performance and shared awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Collaboration.J Records artist Alicia Keys, previously a nine-time Grammy Award winner, earned two more tonight for her song "No One."(which she co-wrote for her album As I Am) in the categories of Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song. RCA Records recording artist Mark Ronson won the coveted Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Grammy for his work on his own release Version, among other nominated recordings including the album Back to Black by Amy Winehouse and the track "Littlest Things" by Lily Allen.Aretha Franklin won her 18th Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance for "Never Gonna Break My Faith" with Mary J. Blige, from the original soundtrack album Bobby.

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Did Amy Winhouse's Label Threaten Her For Future Releases?

Posten on: 2008-07-01 03:34:37

Troubled singer AMY WINEHOUSE has reportedly been ordered by her record label to kick her drug habit - or they won't release any more of her music. The R&B hitmaker checked into a London rehab clinic earlier this year (08) at the request of Universal Music boss Lucian Grange after a British newspaper published footage of her allegedly taking crack cocaine - but the star left after just two weeks.However, despite Winehouse claiming she is finally overcoming her problems, her recent erratic behavior has led to reports that she has failed to kick her addictions.And British newspaper The Sun is now reporting that the 24-year-old has been issued an ultimatum by her record label after she allegedly cancelled a recording session in the Bahamas - with label chiefs urging her to stay out of trouble or plans to release her highly anticipated third album will be shelved indefinitely.A source tells the publication, "Amy has been reminded of her responsibilities. Unless she is clean she will not be allowed to release another album."

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