Rumors of an Amy Winehouse tribute can now be silenced as MTV News has confirmed this Sunday’s Video Music Awards showing will indeed include a tribute to the late British soul singer. While the rumor mill had previously mentioned names like Christina Aguilera and Adele as performers set to honor the ‘Back To Black’ singer, MTV confirmed today that the tribute will be introduced by legendary jazz singer Tony Bennett.
“…Tony Bennett will pay tribute to the legacy of late Video Music Awards nominee Winehouse during a very special segment at the 2011 VMAs. Bennett, whose last VMA appearance was in 1993, will introduce the tribute, which includes footage of him recording “Body and Soul” with Winehouse this past March at Abbey Road Studios in London.”
Set to be released on September 14th (Amy’s 28th birthday), all proceeds from ‘Body and Soul’ will go to a children’s charity named in honor of the singer.
Fans can tune into MTV on August 28th to see what other stars will take part in the tribute.