Katy Perry’s hubby Russell Brand was invited by MTV to talk about the late Amy Winehouse before introducing a special tribute performance of “Valerie” by Bruno Mars at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) held at the Nokia Theatre LA Live in Los Angeles, California on Sunday (August 28) – watch video below.
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Why Russell? Probably because he is British!?! And why didn’t they ask Adele to sing a couple of Amy’s songs? It would have been the perfect fit. Adele and Amy were nothing alike, but Adele’s voice combined with Amy’s dark lyrics would have been totally magical. Of course, Bruno Mars did a fantastic job.
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Russell said Amy was an “ordinary girl with extraordinary hair”, describing her voice as the sound “a roar from the guts of humanity.” Adding, “She was suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. A lot of people just get the disease, not many people get the incredible talent Amy was blessed with.”
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Tony Bennett, who recently worked with Amy, said: “Of all the young artists I’ve ever met in the last 20 years, she was a true jazz artist in the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.” R.I.P. Amy Winehouse.
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