|Tony Bennett (MTV)|
To celebrate the life and music of Amy Winehouse, the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards will pay special tribute to the late British songstress with music legend, Tony Bennett. Amy and her hero, Tony, recently recorded the duet, Body and Soul, for his upcoming Duets II album, out 20 September. Marking his first appearance on the VMA stage since 1993, Tony, who won one Album of the Year, at the 1995 Grammy Awards for the CD “MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett,” will introduce the tribute, which includes unveiling footage from their recording session together.
“Body and Soul” was Amy’s final session and took place this past March at Abbey Road Studios in London. The single and video will be released 14 September, on Amy’s Birthday, in support of the Amy Winehouse Foundation established by the late singer’s family to help a number of charities connected with children and young people. “It was a thrill to record with Amy Winehouse and when you listen to the recording of “Body and Soul,” it is a testament to her artistic genius and her brilliance as one of the most honest musicians I have ever known,” said Tony. Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse said, “Our family is honoured that the VMA’s are giving Amy this wonderful tribute. We know that Amy’s performance of Rehab at the MTV Movie Awards played an important part in Amy’s worldwide success.”
* 2011 VMA performers include Lady Gaga, Adele, Bruno Mars, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Pitbull and Young The Giant. Jonah Hill, Rick Ross, Seth Rogen, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, Odd Future, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Lautner, Drake, Joe Jonas, and Jared Leto. South African viewers can watch the VMA’s live on MTV on 28 August at 01:30 when the Red Carpet starts followed by the VMA show at 02:30.