Musicians around the world are mourning the loss of Amy Winehouse. Since news of the 27-year-old singer's death broke earlier today, many of her peers, collaborators and celebrity fans have publicly expressed their grief and offered words of condolences to her friends and family.
Tony Bennett, with whom Winehouse recorded a duet of the pop standard "Body and Soul" back in March, told Us Weekly that she was "an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition as a vocalist and I am truly devastated that her exceptional talent has come to such an early end. She was a lovely and intelligent person and when we recorded together she gave a soulful and extraordinary performance."
Mark Ronson, who produced Winehouse's album Back in Black and shared a Record of the Year Grammy with her in 2008, tweeted that "she was my musical soulmate & like a sister to me. this is one of the saddest days of my life."
The Dap-Kings, who sang on Back to Black and toured with Winehouse in 2007, along with singer Sharon Jones released a statement saying, "We are very sad to have lost Amy Winehouse today. She was one of a kind and we were fortunate to have had the chance to make music with her. She was always gracious and a pleasure to work with in the studio and on the road. She brought a lot of people joy with her voice and her irreverent personality. It is a tragedy that she was taken from us so soon when she had much more music to give."
Courtney Love, on tour in Moscow, has shared her thoughts on the tragic death of Amy Winehouse with Rolling Stone: "I'm not even going to say, 'Waste of glorious sublime talent," which I feel," Love said of the 27-year-old singer. "I'm fucking gutted. I tried with her, I tried twice."
Kelly Clarkson wrote a blog post in which she expressed her grief over the singer's passing, noting that while she was not friends with Winehouse, they had met on a handful of occasions. "She was a beautiful and talented girl. I'm angry. What a waste of a gifted person," Clarkson wrote. "What a shame she saw no hope and continued living her life in that manor [sic]. I have been that low emotionally and mentally and that is overwhelming. I keep asking myself why some of us are spared and the others are made examples."
Over on Twitter, stars such Diddy, Nas, the Who, Best Coast, Q-Tip, Big Boi, Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, Talib Kweli and Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst offered a succinct, respectful "R.I.P." Other stars offered kind words to the people closest to Winehouse, such as Natasha Bedingfield, who tweeted "My heart and prayers go out to her family" and Janelle Monaé, who wrote "heart is heavy. My heart goes out 2 Amy Winehouse's family, loved ones. Praying for their strength during this time."
Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins wrote that he mourns "any time one of our own passes on," and Paramore singer Hayley Williams said that Winehouse will "never truly be gone cause have you heard that voice?" Diplo also commented on her vocal talent, writingthat "she had a voice like no one else in our generation." Electro-funk duo Chromeo similarlydeclared that Winehouse is "an icon of our generation."
Rapper Rick Ross was upset that he never got a chance to record a song with Winehouse, while Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas attacked some snarky responses on Twitter and elsewhere by writing "So many people saying that because it's not a surprise that Amy Winehouse passed, it's not sad. I hope you have more compassion for friends."
Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach wrote a very sweet tweet directly to Winehouse, saying "Dear Amy W, it is a rough crazy business & there is nothing like being on stage. Once u feel that nothing else compares.Your pain is gone RIP." Rihanna also wrote a message to Winehouse, tweeting "U made a MAJAH impression on this industry and throughout the world, in such a short space of time...too short!"
Some artists were hit particularly hard by the bad news. Australian rocker Brody Dallewrote a series of tweets in which she wrote that "I'm shocked even though i knew she wasn't long for this world," "it was obvious watching her last performance that she was in a seriously dark and fucked up place, she shouldn't have been on stage at all," and finally that "her death was inevitable." Black Lips frontman Cole Alexander was also very rattled,writing "I'm seriously crying right now omg," "never knew the effect she had in me till she was gone" and "she was a living legend. Most legends you look back on and say that was legendary but she was a legend while living."
repost from rollingstone.com