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- Posted on Dec 20th 2011 11:37AM by Kenneth Partridge
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On Winehouse's 'Back to Black,' the title track from the album that broke the troubled U.K. soulstress in America, Welch sang with a mournfulness appropriate for both the song and the circumstances. The performance never would have happened had Winehouse not died in July, and the significance of her passing wasn't lost on the witchy redhead.
Taking on Lennox's 'Walking on Broken Glass' with the help of a string section, Welch picked up the tempo, commanding the stage with the same mix of femininity and raw power that have long characterized the song's originator.
Also on hand for the Vh1 event were Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and "Queen of Rockabilly" Wanda Jackson, who joined forces for Winehouse's 'You Kow I'm No Good.' While Jackson missed a vocal cue and momentarily threw the song off course, the slight hiccup hardly detracted from the moment.
"I wish she was here tonight, but like smoke, Amy Winehouse is still in the air, lingering around all of us," said rapper Nas, speaking mad truth in his introductory remarks. "And she'll be here for a long time."
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