Five years ago, on June 23, 2011, the music industry lost an icon and one of its brightest stars.
"I'm not a girl trying to be a star or trying to be anything other than a musician. I don't think I'm gonna be at all famous," Amy Winehouse once said.
Little did she know that she would one day be a household name, earning fans all over the world for her powerful voice and distinctive blend of soul, rhythm and blues and jazz. Critics fell in love with her too, and the petite brunette from north London was showered with accolades (including multiple Grammy, BRIT, Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello awards and nominations) throughout her career.
However, even as her star continued to rise, Amy's battles with the darker side of the rock'n'roll lifestyle began to take their toll.
Her tumultuous relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil and struggles with drugs and alcohol became just as well-known as her musical exploits, and on July 23, 2011, the world was rocked by the news that the enormously talented singer had died of alcohol poisoning.
Her loss left a gaping hole in the music industry, and her peers were quick to pay heartfelt tribute to Amy and her legacy.
"Amy paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about British music again whilst being fearlessly hilarious and blase about the whole thing," Adele said of the singer-songwriter.
"I don’t think she ever realized just how brilliant she was and how important she is, but that just makes her even more charming."
Today, five years after the singer's sudden and tragic death, we celebrate her life and career.
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