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The VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul special, which aired on VH1 on Monday featured the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Florence Welch, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J and Jill Scott, who came together to celebrate soul music everywhere from Detroit to London. The special not only paid tribute to soul music, but a very special soul artist.
Amy Winehouse was gone before her time, but not without leaving a legacy, which was recognized in a musical tribute during the special.
Nas, whom Winehouse worked with on the song “Like Smoke”, introduced the two-song tribute.
"When the legendary Amy Winehouse sang about me in her song 'Me and Mr. Jones,' I was so honored…It didn't matter where she was from or what color her skin was, because Amy Winehouse was my true soul sister," he said. "I'm here to honor a woman who had enough soul to last a lifetime."
“I wish she was here tonight, but like smoke, Amy Winehouse is still in the air…around all of us, and she’ll be here for a long time to come.”
Winehouse’s tribute featured two performances. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Wanda Jackson performed "You Know I'm No Good,” and a “overwhelmed” Florence Welch sang “Back to Black.”
Winehouse, though, wasn’t just on everyone’s mind during the tribute, but the whole night.
"She's in a class by herself," “Diva” Mary J. Blige told MTV News. "She just broke the mold when she came out; it was like, 'Wow, who is this?' And I could hear all of the pain before I even knew she had pain."
"I don't think there's gonna be another voice that cut through the way her voice cut through," added Travie McCoy. "And I think that alone makes her a legend."
Watch the tribute below: