WATCH: Adele Pays Tribute to Amy Winehouse with Stirring Rendition of ‘Make You Feel My Love’
The British songstress gave a thoughtful nod to her powerhouse predecessor.
On Wednesday (Sept. 14, 2016), Amy Winehouse would have turned 32 if she were still with us. Throughout the day, fans and fellow artists offered touching remembrances but none compared to Adele’s tribute to performer at her concert in Boston, Massachusetts.
“I’d see her on TV or in magazine shoots with a pink electric guitar and I used to think she was the coolest mother**ker on the face of the Earth,” she told the cheering crowd at TD Garden.
But the Grammy winner didn’t stop there. Adele went on to explain that Winehouse’s choice to write her own music had a big impact on the “Hello” singer.
“Because of her, I picked up a guitar and because of her, I wrote my own songs,” Adele said. “The songs I got signed on were the songs that I wrote completely on my own – if it wasn’t for her, that wouldn’t have happened… I feel like I owe 90 percent of my career to her.”
Then, Adele encouraged her fans to light up the arena with their cell phones as she broke into Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.”
Here’s the performance:
And if that touching moment doesn’t cement Winehouse’s profound legacy in the music industry, consider this: Lady Gaga has joined numerous other artists to record their favorite Amy Winehouse tracks in order to raise money for The Amy Winehouse Foundation.
“She’s like Amy,” Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father told the Daily Mirror when discussing Gaga being added to the project. “When she comes home from work she puts the tracksuit on, watches TV and kisses and cuddles her grandparents. Lovely kid.”