The MTV Video Music Awards will include a celebration of the life and music of Amy Winehouse by music legend Tony Bennett, on Sunday, August 28, 2011, according to an August 23, media announcement from MTV.
Tony Bennett was a hero of the late British artist, Amy Winehouse. The two recorded the duet “Body and Soul” for Bennett’s upcoming “Duets II” album, due out in September.
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Bennett will be making his first appearance on the VMA stage since 1993. Mr. Bennett, who won for Album of theYear at the 1995 Grammy Awards for the CD “MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett,” will introduce the tribute to Winehouse. The tribute to Amy Winehouse will include footage of their recording session.
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“Body and Soul” was Amy Winehouse’s final studio session. The recording took place this past March at Abbey Roads Studio in London. The single and video will be released by Columbia Records on September 14, which would have been Amy’s birthday.
“It was a thrill to record with Amy Winehouse and when you listen to the recording of “Body and Soul,” it is a testament to her artistic genius and her brilliance as one of the most honest musicians I have ever known,” said Mr. Bennett.
Winehouse, known for the depth and power of her soulful voice will be remembered by fans and peers for her awe inspiring talent and classic hits such as “Rehab,” “Back to Black,” “Me & Mr. Jones,” and “You Know I’m No Good.”
Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse said, “Our family is honored that the VMA’s are giving Amy this wonderful tribute. We know that Amy’s performance of Rehab at the MTV Movie Awards played an important part in Amy’s worldwide success.”
2011 VMA performers include Lady Gaga, Adele, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Drake, Pitbull and Young The Giant. Jonah Hill, Rick Ross, Seth Rogen, Odd Future, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Taylor Lautner, Joe Jonas, Jared Leto, and JB Smoove from HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm are confirmed to present. Additionally, Jessie J was just announced as VMA house artist.
The “2011 MTV Video Music Awards” will air live from Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape delayed PT)..
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