Amy Winehouse: Stars Mourn with Songs & Statements
Without a doubt, Amy Winehouse's influence across the music world has been felt in the days following her passing.
Musicians ranging from rock, rap and pop immediately began to mourn publicly, as well as share their remembrances of the soul-tinged singer, via Twitter and on their official sites. Now, performance clips and tribute songs to the "Back to Black" songstress have made their way online. Here's a roundup of artist tributes and statements regarding Amy Winehouse, from Adele, Prince, U2, Kelly Clarkson, M.I.A. and many more.
At U2's Minneapolis show Saturday, Bono and the boys dedicated their 2001 single "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" -- a song originally penned with deceased INXS singer Michael Hutchence in mind -- to Amy. "We wrote this next song for Michael Hutchence, but you will understand tonight if we play it for Amy Winehouse," Bono told the crowd. Watch below.
Hours after the death of Amy Winehouse was announced, M.I.A. posted "27," a demo dedicated to the 27-year-old deceased singer, on her Twitter page. On the short, somber track, M.I.A. reminisces about a friend who idolizes the life of a rock star and undergoes a downward spiral, over a stuttering mid-tempo beat. Listen below. Read our full story.
A fan of Amy Winehouse's music for some time, Prince honored the late songstress by covering "Love is a Losing Game" with Cameroon singer Andy Allo. Allo posted the track on her Facebook page Sunday (July 24). Prince has performed the song in the past, even inviting Winehouse on stage for a live rendition during his "21 Nights in London" residency at the O2 Arena in London in 2007. Listen to Sunday's rendition below.
"Someone very special passed away," UK singer Ellie Goulding told an Atlanta crowd on Saturday before launching into her signature cover of Elton John's "Your Song." "She was one of my inspirations -- and a big inspiration for many other singers, I think." Watch below.
On Sunday, Outkast rapper Big Boi posted a remix to Winehouse's track "Tears Dry on Their Own" on his official website. The previously unreleased "Organized Noize Dungeon Family Remix" version of the track replaces the original's Motown swing with a muted instrumental that emphasizes Winehouse's vocals. Listen below.
Mark Ronson, the producer behind Winehouse's breakthrough album "Back to Black," deeply mourned the loss on Twitter, as did so many others. "She was my musical soulmate and like a sister to me," he wrote. "This is one of the saddest days of my life." Read more musician tweets about Winehouse's passing.
Adele, clearly influenced by Winehouse' blue-eyed soul revival, wrote about the singer's passing on her official site. "Amy paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about British music again whilst being fearlessly hilarious and blase about the whole thing," Adele said. "I don't think she ever realized just how brilliant she was and how important she is, but that just makes her even more charming. Although I'm incredibly sad about Amy passing, I'm also reminded of how immensely proud of her I am as well. And grateful to be inspired by her. Amy flies in paradise."
Courtney Love chimed in with her devastation over the loss of her friend. "I'm not even going to say, 'Waste of glorious sublime talent,' which I feel," Love told Rolling Stone Saturday. "I'm fucking gutted. I tried with her, I tried twice."
"When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call," begins Russell Brand's letter about addiction and his longtime friend Amy Winehouse. "There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they've had enough, that they're ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it's too late, she's gone." Read the full letter, which appeared on his official site.
Kelly Clarkson issued a statement via WhoSay, in which she mourns the loss of her acquaintance Winehouse and discusses pitfalls of fame. "I'm angry," she wrote. "What a waste of a gifted person. What a shame she saw no hope and continued living her life in that manor. I have been that low emotionally and mentally and that is overwhelming. I keep asking myself why some of us are spared and the others are made examples. I'm very angry and sad. I don't know why it's bothering me so much. Sometimes I think this job will be the death of us all, or at least the emotional death of us all."
As an admirer, Lady Gaga wrote of Amy's influence via Twitter: "Amy changed pop music forever, I remember knowing there was hope, and feeling not alone because of her. She lived jazz, she lived the blues." Read more musician tweets about Winehouse's passing.
(Additional reporting by Erica Thompson)