Florence And The Machine Lead Amy Winehouse Tribute At VH1 Divas Concert

20 December 2011, 07:45

The 'Shake It Out' band performed Amy's signature track 'Back To Black' at the special event which celebrated the birthplaces of soul music.

Florence and the Machine led a tribute performance to Amy Winehouse at the Divas Celebrate Soul event on VH1 last night (19th December).

The soul music celebration was filmed at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom on Sunday (18th December) and also featured performances from the likes of Jessie J, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson.

Jennifer opened the event alongside 'Stronger' singer Kelly and R&B star Mary J Blige by echoing The Supremes with a version of 'You Keep Me Hangin' On', before the trio went on to sing a medley of their own tracks 'Spotlight', 'Since U Been Gone' and 'Real Love', respectively.

Rapper Nas hosted the event and introduced the Amy Winehouse tribute performance, which served as the concert's grand finale, with a heartfelt speech about his time with the singer.

"It didn't matter where she was from or what the colour of her skin was, because Amy Winehouse was my true soul sister," Nas told the crowd. "I'm here to honour a woman who had enough soul to last a lifetime.

"I wish she was here tonight, but 'Like Smoke', Amy Winehouse is still in the air lingering around all of us and she'll be here for a long time to come."

Nas then introduced Florence and the Machine who gave a rendition of Amy's fan-favourite single 'Back to Black'.

Other artists to perform at last night's VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul included Estelle, Chaka Khan, Boyz II Men and Travie McCoy.

Watch Florence and the Machine's Amy Winehouse tribute performance below:


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