Tony Bennett, MTV to pay tribute to Amy Winehouse

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2011, 09:00 AM IST

Los Angeles: Tony Bennett will pay tribute to late singer Amy Winehouse during a special segment of the ‘2011 MTV Video Music Awards’ on August 28, the network announced Tuesday.

Bennett and Winehouse recorded the track ‘Body and Soul’ together a few months before her death, and the song will appear on Bennett`s album ‘Duets II,’ out September 20.

Their team-up has the distinction of being Winehouse`s final recording. Video footage taken during their session at London`s Abbey Road Studios will accompany the tribute.

"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," said Bennett in a statement.

Mitch Winehouse, the singer`s father, added, "Our family is honored that the VMAs are giving Amy this wonderful tribute. We know that Amy`s performance of `Rehab` at the MTV Movie Awards played an important part in Amy`s worldwide success."

‘Body and Soul’ will be released as a single on September 14 - which would have been Winehouse’s 28th birthday.

Bureau Report