MTV VMAs 2011: Tony Bennett and more honor Amy Winehouse

tony-bennett-vmas-2011.jpg Amy Winehouse tragically passed away last month at the young age of 27. At the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, her friend Russell Brand was on hand to introduce the tribute to Amy.

Brand says of Winehouse, "First time I met her, she was kind of a daft, dopey person just wandering around. A little bit crazy ... the first time, though, I heard Amy Winehouse sing, I thought ... what is this incredible sound, like this timeless sound ... the kind of voice Billie Holiday sung with, the kind of voice Elle Fitzgerald sung with. And I turn into the arena and I see Amy Winehouse singing."

He went on to also remark on her struggles with alcohol and drug addiction. "All of us watching know people affected by this disease and let's remember that there is a solution for people that need it. That solution is available," says Brand.

Brand then introduced the legendary Tony Bennett, with whom Amy Winehouse made her final recording on "Heart and Soul." Tony says of Amy, "Either you've got it or you haven't got it and Amy had the whole gift, she sang beautiful."

There was then a lovely clip of Amy and Tony in the studio together and then Bruno Mars finished up the tribute with a performance of Amy's "Valerie."

The single "Heart and Soul" plus the video of them singing will be made available for purchase on Sept. 14, which would have been Amy's 28th birthday. The proceeds will go towards the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Video below of some of the tribute

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