With the news of Amy Winehouse's untimely passing on Saturday, fans and fellow musicians alike are reflecting back on her contributions to the music world.
Fellow British singer Adele, and the year's top-selling artist, remembers Winehouse as "fearlessly hilarious" and "brilliant" in her blog post titled, Amy Flies in Paradise (below):
AMY FLIES IN PARADISE X
not many people have it in them to do something they love, simply because they love it. with no fuss and no compromise. but she knew what she was capable of and didn't even need to try. if she wanted to do something she would and if she didn't she'd say fuck off. it came easy to her and that's why we all loved her so much. we believed every word she wrote, and it would sink in deep when she sang them. 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. i don't think she ever realised just how brilliant she was and how important she is, but that just makes her even more charming. although im incredibly sad about Amy passing im also reminded of how immensely proud of her i am as well. and grateful to be inspired by her. Amy flies in paradise xx
Following Winehouse's death, her 2006 album "Back to Black" shot to the top of the iTunes and is projected to break into the Billboard top 20 with as many as 20,000 to 25,000 copies sold in the U.S.