The late Amy Winehouse was a musician that saw worldwide success before her passing in 2011. Today, October 27, we honor the 15th anniversary of the last album she left in the world, Back to Black. But throughout her time in the world, she left powerful vocals and lyrics that transformed the UK music industry and worldwide. Here is more about her music legacy.
Amy Winehouse and Back to Black
I remember hearing Back to Black when I was barely going into high school. I hardly understood topics such as rehab and relationships but it resonated with me on such a strong level. The music and the lyrics were connecting stronger than ever unlike music that I had heard. Although I did not understand that I was struggling with mental health issues, songs like Back to Back and Tears Dry on Their Own helped me cope with the teenage anxiety I had.
Music fans might remember the star struggling through substance abuse issues and mental illness that was also chronicled in her music. She also admitted to having issues with self-harm and eating disorders in multiple interviews around the time of her Back to Black album release in 2006. One of the songs from the album, “Rehab” spoke to the fact of her refusal to attend an alcohol rehabilitation center to deal with these issues. In “You Know I’m No Good”, Amy speaks about cheating herself out of a healthy relationship.
While the album is dark in many aspects, she became the first British woman to win five Grammys from Back to Black. Amy won Best New Artist, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year (for “Rehab”), and also won Best Pop Vocal Album. She is widely recognized as one of the best female musicians of all time and the album continues to live on for years to come.
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