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AMY WINEHOUSE 1983-2011
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AMY WINEHOUSE 1983-2011

British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse died on July 23rd 2011 aged 27, at her home in Camden Town, London just a mile from SongLink's offices. She is pictured at the Ivor Novello Awards 2008 with her father Mitch, after picking up the award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, one of three Ivors wins for songwriting. Winehouse's 2003 debut album, Frank, was critically successful in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to six Grammy nominations and five wins, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys, including three of the "Big Four": Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. (Photo: David Stark).

Mitch and Amy Winehouse

On 14 February 2007, she won a BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist; she had also been nominated for Best British Album. She won the Ivor Novello Award three times, one in 2004 for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically) for "Stronger Than Me", one in 2007 for Best Contemporary Song for "Rehab", and one in 2008 for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "Love Is a Losing Game", among other prestigious distinctions. The album was the third biggest seller of the 2000s in the UK.

Winehouse's problems with drug and alcohol abuse, and her self-destructive behaviours were regular tabloid news from 2007 until her death. She and her former husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were plagued by legal troubles that left him serving prison time. In 2008, Winehouse faced a series of health complications that threatened both her career and her life.In an effort to continue her recording career, during her 2009 stay in Saint Lucia, Winehouse worked on new music with producer Salaam Remi. In July 2010 Winehouse was quoted as saying her next album would be released no later than January 2011, but the Saint Lucia tracks were shelved and the third album never properly completed, although some of these tracks will no doubt be released eventually. Her last recording was a duet with Tony Bennett entitled "Body And Soul" for his forthcoming album, Duets II, scheduled for release on September 20th.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Winehouse

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