Tony Bennett to Introduce the Amy Winehouse Tribute at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Plus A Preview of Their Duet, Body And Soul

Tony Bennett is one of my absolute favorite artists. That might be strange coming from a 24 year-old, but I think any music aficionado can appreciate his style and talent. When I think of all these rappers using the word “swag” today, it makes me laugh. I think crooners like Tony Bennett and the late Frank Sinatra have more swag than any of these young guys making frivolous trendy music, but that’s just my opinion.

The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards are airing this Sunday and I must say that I am pretty excited to tune in. I am really thrilled that there will be an Amy Winehouse Tribute. I shared news that Kanye West has done a rendition of her song “Back to Black” and now news has surfaced that the last song that Amy recorded was with legend, Tony Bennett. The song, “Body And Soul” is a track coming from his new album, Duets II. It will feature duets with Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé, Norah Jones and more, thus I cannot wait to hear it, especially after loving the first Duets album.

Tony will introduce video footage of Amy, including some of their time recording together. I truly cannot think of a better match, as they both have such soulful jazz voices. Here is what he said about her: “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.” (MTV)

The single will be released before the album, on September 14th. It is really an appropriate day as it will mark what would have been Amy’s 28th birthday. All proceeds from the single will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity created to help teenagers battling with addiction.

I truly cannot wait to see what MTV has in store, as well as to hear the full single and hear Tony Bennett’s album. Visit for more information and hear a preview of “Body And Soul” below.

*Image courtesy of The Sun.


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