Friday, February 15, 2008

Grammy bosses force Amy Winehouse to cover up her topless tattoo

Amy Winehouse is cleaning up her act in more ways than one.

The singer used her trademark black eyeliner to cover up a topless tattoo on her arm when she performed via satellite at the Grammys, it has been revealed.

Producers at the music ceremony, where Amy won five awards last week, were concerned by the graphic nature of one tattoo on her left arm which features a topless woman.

So Amy, 24, filled in the offending area before she appeared on air.

A source told the Daily Telegraph: "Amy drew a little black bikini top on the large topless female tattoo on her arm, so as not to offend any of America's puritanical viewers."

After the show, the black pen mark was said to have been removed.

Censorship on American award shows has risen since Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl half-time show in 2004, when her breast was accidentally exposed during a performance with Justin Timberlake.

Amy, 24, is currently receiving treatment in a north London centre for substance abuse after being caught on camera apparently using crack cocaine last month.

Despite securing a last minute U.S. visa to travel to Los Angeles for the Grammys, Amy performed via satellite from a venue in London after taking time out of her rehab treatment.

Last month, Amy's mother Janis Winehouse admitted she hated her daughter's tattoos - especially the etching in tribute to her husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who is currently on remand at Pentonville Prison awaiting trial on charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Janis said: "That dreadful one saying 'Blake's' on her breast - I hate that....

"It was like when Amy got her 'Daddy's Girl' tattoo. She asked me, 'Do you want me to get mummy tattooed, too?' I said, 'No, don't worry'. That's not my thing."

I'm so happy that someone saved me from potentially seeing a drawing of a boob on TV.

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