The Grammy Museum kicked off Grammy week with new exhibit "Beyond Black: The Style of Amy Winehouse" and a moving conversation with curators Naomi Parry, Winehouse’s stylist, and close confidant Catriona Gourlay, whose reminiscences made clear every piece in the collection tells a story about the friend they simply called Amy.
It’s a story that abruptly was cut short in July 2011, when the six-time Grammy-winning artist died at age 27. “For us personally, it was going to take a very long time before we would even consider doing something like this,” Gourlay tells Billboard of the exhibit, which includes articles from her and Parry’s personal collections as well as from the Winehouse estate in collaboration with Winehouse’s father Mitch Winehouse, who provided an abundance of never before seen hand-written lyric sheets and journal pages.
“We just had it all hidden away, and you can’t live having this stuff at home. It should be on display. People should know more about her life. All of her possessions have just been kept as they were and they’ve been there stuck in time and it’s not healthy for anyone,” Gourlay adds. “There’s so much you can talk about what she achieved through these things, and that’s not going to happen if they’re sitting in a locker in north London.”