During her sold-out concert in Boston last night, Adele told the crowd that Winehouse was the artist who most inspired her to pursue music.
“I feel like I owe 90 percent of my career to [Winehouse],” she said. "Because of her, I picked up a guitar and because of her, I wrote my own songs. The songs I got signed on were the songs that I wrote completely on my own – if it wasn’t for her, that wouldn’t have happened.
“I used to see her on TV or in magazine shoots with a pink electric guitar and I used to think she was the coolest motherfucker on the face of the Earth," she continued, adding, “I’m obviously completely happy with all the music that she left behind because it’s all genius. But every day I wish I could hear a new song from her.”
Adele then dedicated her next song, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love,” to Winehouse, as the crowd held up their glowing phones in tribute.
Earlier in the day, Adele paid tribute to Winehouse on Twitter and Instagram by posting a smiley photo of the late singer and writing, “Happy Birthday Amy X.”
Winehouse died in 2011 at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning. At the time, Adele wrote on her now-defunct blog, “Amy paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about British music again whilst being fearlessly hilarious and blasé about the whole thing. I don’t think she ever realised just how brilliant she was and how important she is, but that just makes her even more charming.”