VMAs tribute to Amy Winehouse to feature Tony Bennett, more
As expected, the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards will feature a tribute to late British chanteuse Amy Winehouse.
The legendary Tony Bennett, whose duet with Winehouse on “Body and Soul“—the last recording made before her death—appears on his upcoming Duets II, will have the honor of introducing the tribute.
A statement from MTV reveals that the tribute will also debut film of their spring recording session together at Abbey Road Studios in London.
The single and video will be released for purchase by Columbia Records Sept. 14, which would have been Amy’s 28th birthday. Proceeds will support the Amy Winehouse Foundation established by the late singer’s family.
“It was a thrill to record with Amy Winehouse and when you listen to the recording of ‘Body and Soul, it is a testament to her artistic genius and her brilliance as one of the most honest musicians I have ever known,” says Bennett in the statement.
Though MTV did not say what songs would be performed or who would be singing them, it’s safe to say that hits like “Rehab” and “You Know I’m No Good” will be a part of the set list. The VMAs will air live from Nokia Theater L.A. on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9pm.