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Amy Winehouse's Iconic Outfits, Handwritten Lyrics Headed to Grammy Museum

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Amy Winehouse performs in London.

The Grammy Museum is going back to black. 

Six-time Grammy-winning singer and fashion icon Amy Winehouse will be remembered with a special exhibition from next month, showcasing the late star’s outfits and personal items, some of which have never before been presented in public. 

Opening Jan. 17, 2020, Beyond Black — The Style Of Amy Winehouse will be the first-ever Winehouse exhibit in the United States, featuring a collection of handwritten lyrics, journal entries and other "reflections" from the Winehouse family's vault.

Among the pieces will be never-seen-before home video and recently unearthed handwritten lyrics, stage costumes and the Dolce & Gabbana-designed outfit she wore during her triumphant 2008 Grammys appearance, via a satellite link-up from London's Riverside Studios (she won five trophies on the night, including best song, best record and best album).

This exhibit "captures the spirt of Winehouse through some of her most cherished and unique outfits and showcases her wit and charm by displaying never-before-seen handwritten lyrics and prolific journal entries," reads a statement from the Grammy Museum.

Many of the display items will go under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions in November 2021, with proceeds benefiting the Amy Winehouse Foundation, established after her untimely death on July 23, 2011 at the age of just 27. The foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.

"Amy always credited my mother, her grandmother Cynthia, as a major influence, both stylistically -- as she taught her the importance of grooming and having a look -- and musically," comments Winehouse's father, Mitch Winehouse, in a statement announcing the project.

"She liked to call me a 'cab-driving Sinatra' and her mother's side of the family were also musicians. Amy not only brought her gift of music to the world, but also her fashion. We're eager for people to see her bold, beautiful spirit through all forms of her creativity and look forward to honoring her legacy by displaying these items at the Grammy Museum."

Winehouse released just two full-length albums in her lifetime, but she left an indelible mark on the music community through sheer talent, her open-book personality and a throwback style which no one can wear quite as well. 

"Amy Winehouse is undoubtedly one of the most gifted singers, songwriters and performers of the early 21st century," said the Museum's president Michael Sticka

"Amy's music and influence reached across genres and generations. It's an honor for the Grammy Museum to host her very first exhibit in the United States and celebrate her talents, creative process and musical legacy."

The exhibition will run through April 13, 2020. Tickets are available at www.grammymuseum.org