By Clark Collis
Updated July 25, 2011 at 06:28 PM EDT
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Adele has paid tribute to Amy Winehouse, who was found dead at her home over the weekend.

In a statement on her website, Adele—who, like Winehouse, attended London’s BRIT performing arts school—says that the singer “paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about British music again.” The “Rolling In the Deep” star also says she doesn’t think Winehouse “ever realised just how brilliant she was.” The statement is headlined “AMY FLIES IN PARADISE X.” Read it here in full:

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