Amy Winehouse will be remembered on Sunday at the “VH1 Divas concert. Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, Wanda Jackson, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will all take the stage to honor the late singer. The tribute will be introduced by Nas.
Jackson and Welch will perform Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” while Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will take the stage with “You Know I’m No Good.” The Dap-Kings played on the singer’s Back to Black album. Nas and Winehouse worked together on the track “Like Smoke,” which appears on her posthumous album Lioness: Hidden Treasures.
Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence and the Machine, and Jessie J will participate in the star-studded lineup for the long-running concert event, which airs Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.
This year, VH1 is paying tribute to prominent birthplaces of soul music, including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. The divas are expected to pay homage to these cities and the genre with their own soulful tracks as well as some of soul music’s classic tunes onstage at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
And the celebration is not exclusive to women. The Roots have been confirmed as the event’s house band, and ?uestlove is set to pull double duty during the concert as musical director. Boyz II Men and Travie McCoy will also perform.
Bruno Mars, Russell Brand and Tony Bennett paid tribute to Amy Winehouse at the VMAs back in August. Mars performed Winehouse’s cover of the Zutons’ “Valerie,” while Bennett was on hand to present footage of their recording session for his album Duets II.
“This is not just another London chancer, not just another person milling about waiting to be famous,” Brand recalled of seeing Winehouse perform during the tribute. “What is this incredible sound? This timeless sound like a roar from the guts of humanity? The kind of voice that Billie Holiday sung with, the kind of voice that Ella Fitzgerald sung with.”