There were two Amy Winehouse tributes on last night’s VH1 Divas special — Sharon Jones and Wanda Jackson offered a duet of “You Know I’m No Good” and Florence Welch sang “Back to Black” in typical overblown fashion.
Of the two, Sharon and Wanda’s is the more charming performance, even though Miss Jackson was a little shaky on her cues and her lyrics (she’s old! But still so cool!). Florence’s, however, was super dramatic and lacking in charm altogether, which is unfortunate, because even at her lowest points, Amy brought a sense of vigor and enthusiasm to her music. The show was supposed to be a “tribute to soul,” which makes the inclusion of Florence a somewhat odd one. You can bestow many accolades upon the fiery-haired singer and her band of machines, but “soulful” isn’t really a description that fits.
The whole show is streaming over at VH1 if you’re finding your morning lacking in divas.