Amy Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter, featuring with her deep vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, consisting of soul, blue-eyed soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, and reggae. In 2003, she released her debut album, Frank, which earned success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Typically, she was better known as the British female to win five Grammys (Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year, etc.) in a single night for the 2006 album Back to Black. After her death of alcohol poisoning in 2011, she was ranked 26th on VH1's 100 Greatest Women In Music in 2012. She was also called as the preeminent vocal talent of her generation by the BBC.
Her maternal uncles, professional jazz musicians, and her paternal grandmother Cynthia, a singer, were people haing influence in her interest in jazz. After being suggested by her grandmother Cynthia, in 1992, she entered Susi Earnshaw Theatre School, where she went on Saturdays to further her vocal education and to learn to tap dance. During four years there, she founded a short-lived rap group, Sweet 'n' Sour, with Juliette Ashby, her childhood friend before attending Sylvia Young Theatre School. She later joined the The Mount School, Mill Hill, the BRIT School in Selhurst, Croydon, Osidge JMI School and then Ashmole School.
Winehouse dated chef-musician Alex Clare in 2006, while on a break with her on-off boyfriend and future husband, Blake Fielder-Civil. On 28 August 2009, the divorce between her and Blake Fielder-Civil had officially completed.