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One day in November 2005, Amy Winehouse sat in a car with her friend and co-manager Nick Shymansky, winding through the English countryside toward a rehab center.
The singer’s drinking had been getting out of control, Shymansky remembers, and he felt she needed help.
It looks set to be Adele’s night at the Brit Awards but the British Female Solo Artist could see an upset if the late Amy Winehouse takes the gong.
The “Back to Black” singer is nominated in the category despite her tragic death from alcohol poisoning five years ago, raising questions over her eligibility for the prize.
“But she said it in such a light way.” Says Shymansky: “My dream for Amy was that she could be the best and biggest artist in the world.
The irony is the song that got her there was a cry for help.” hailed it as a “tragic masterpiece.”Amy Winehouse: A Look at Her Life and Legacy In Winehouse’s story, many of the perils of 21st-century fame collide.
Her 2006 album has sold 2.9 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Music; won five Grammys; and made her a global star.
Adele, James Bay and Years & Years lead the Brits 2016 nominations with four each.
The winners will be revealed at a London ceremony airing live on ITV at 8pm.
“Hopefully, when they see their faces on the screen they’ll feel embarrassed.” As different as she was from Britney Spears, another singer classified as a “train wreck” at that time, Winehouse felt the first lashes of 24-7 gossip coverage as it converged with her celebrity.
And that wasn’t all Winehouse contended with: The pressure to be thin worsened her existing eating disorders, and the eventual onset of stage fright only seemed to increase her dependence on alcohol -- problems that plagued her until the end of her life, even after she had broken free from hard drugs. “I didn’t realize we were signing a girl who was broken.” The documentary, which opens July 3 in the United States, looks to do what Winehouse could not in her brief career: secure her legacy. Her extraordinary talent resided entirely in her voice and songs.