Winehouse looms large over Mobos
Amy's goddaughter is shortlisted for an award at the Mobos, which will feature a tribute to the late singer
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Thursday 01 September 2011
Dionne Bromfield, the 15-year-old goddaughter of Amy Winehouse, who was the last person to share a stage with the singer before her death, is the surprise recipient of a nomination for this year's Mobo awards.
Winehouse actively promoted Bromfield's singing career, signing the London teenager to her Lioness record label. The Back to Black singer embraced Bromfield during the young soul singer's concert at the London Roundhouse, in her last public appearance before Winehouse was found dead.
Bromfield, who attends the Sylvia Young Theatre School, released her second album, Good for the Soul, in July. Winehouse taught Dionne how to play guitar and sing. Dionne said of her godmother: "[Amy] was always in the studio, always helping, if something didn't sound right, in one of the verses or whatever, she'd just tweak it here and there."
Bromfield will compete against the multimillion-selling Adele in the best soul/R&B category at the Mobo (Music of Black Origin) Awards. The awards, held in Glasgow next month, will feature a tribute to Winehouse, a Mobo best female winner in 2007, who will receive a posthumous award.
Adele, whose 21 album has dominated the charts has four nominations, including best album and UK act, while Jessie J has five.
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