ARTIST / BAND: Amy Winehouse
SONG (MP3): Hey Little Rich Girl (The Specials)
FILE UNDER: Pop / Blues / Funk
LABEL: Island Records
Winehouse's 2003 debut album Frank did well, both commercially and critically, in her native Britain. It was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album Back to Black led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night and becoming the first British singer to win five Grammys, including three of the "Big Four": Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. On 14 February 2007, she won a BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist; she had also been nominated for Best British Album. She has won the Ivor Novello Award twice, among other prestigious distinctions.
Winehouse has created media buzz apart from her singing. Her distinctive style, most notably her former signature beehive hairstyle, has spawned imitators and been the muse for fashion designers, most notably Karl Lagerfeld. The struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as self-destructive behaviour, of Winehouse and her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, has become regular tabloid news since 2007. The couple have also been plagued by legal troubles that have led to the cancellation of several tour dates.