Amy Winehouse: 'raw, honest vocal delivery' remembered on Twitter
Whether it was through Twitter -- she is still trending along with some of the other musicians who passed on at the age of 27 including Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin -- or radio marathons like the one that quickly popped up on KJLH (102.3), the soul singer was being memorialized.
Winehouse's music overflowed with a deep-rooted pain and heartache that sadly played out quite publicly in her personal life. She never made apologies for her demons and was never able to overcome them. And although no cause of death has been reported, the headlines she's made recently for her battle with addiction made for easy speculation about what caused her demise.
"Drugs took her gift, her soul, her light, long before they took her life. RIP Amy," singer Josh Groban tweeted. While close friend Kelly Osbourne grieved, "i cant even breath right my now im crying so hard i just lost 1 of my best friends. i love you forever Amy & will never forget the real you!"
A host of rest in peace tweets streamed in from musicians including Diddy, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Nas, Natasha Bedingfield, Nicki Minaj, Big Boi, Diplo and Selena Gomez. But celebs were also quick to tweet their frustration that the singer ultimately succumbed to the same demons that so many young performers in the #27club (as Twitter users have pegged it):
"Think I speak for most when I say we were just waiting for Amy Winehouse to get on track and be the great talent she was born to be," rapper Bun B wrote; Nas asked "Why u couldn't chill?"; Ricky Martin said "I feel pain. I feel anger"; and Keri Hilson "kept hoping she'd find a happier place than her self destructive state."
But the short catalog of dark soul/R&B and jazz numbers that she left behind are surely to get a fresh rotation now that she is gone.
"Honestly, Back to Black is one of my favorite albums. The lyrics?! The musicianship?! The raw, honest vocal delivery?! A STUNNING work.," R&B singer JoJo wrote. Soul singer Ledisi also praised Winehouse's "great talent" and "her honesty in music."
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Amy Winehouse performing at the Glastonbury Festival in England in 2008. Credit: Ben Stansall / AFP / Getty Images