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Stepping into the ballet flats that would later become her trademark, a 5-year-old Amy Winehouse posed in her ballerina finest. But her aspirations weren't to take the stage – wee Winehouse wanted to be a roller-skating waitress.
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A year after her critically acclaimed 2003 debut album, Frank, hits stores, Winehouse takes the stage at a Birmingham, England, HMV to promote the bluesy disc.
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The accolades start pouring in for Winehouse in 2004, and she wins a prestigious Ivor Novello Award, which recognizes outstanding songwriters. She becomes part of an exclusive club that includes past winners John Lennon, Sir Elton John and David Bowie.
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A giddy Winehouse enjoys a girls' night out in L.A. with fellow Brit Kelly Osbourne in 2007. "I cant even breath[e] right my now im crying so hard i just lost 1 of my best friends," Osbourne Tweeted when Winehouse was found dead July 23. "I love you forever Amy amp will never forget the real you!"
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Winehouse rocks out in 2008 with Mark Ronson, who produced her critically acclaimed 2006 breakthrough album, Back to Black. "She was my musical soulmate," Ronson Tweeted after her death.
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A BIG NIGHT
An emotional Winehouse embraced her mother, Janis, after sweeping the 2008 Grammy Awards."For London! This is for London!" Winehouse cheered, keeping her arm around her mom for her entire acceptance speech.
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ALL THAT RAZZ
The cheeky singer mugs for the camera with a throng of admiring fans in London in 2008.
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A beaming Winehouse posed with her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield in 2010. Nine months later – just days before the troubled star's death – Winehouse surprised the crowd at the teen singer's London gig by joining her on stage for a cover of "Mama Said."
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Last October, Winehouse gave an impromptu – and stellar – performance at a 150-capacity club in London, singing her hit "Tears Dry on Their Own" as well as some new material. "Amy just whispered to me, 'I know I'm not on the lineup, but do you mind if I play?'" club manager Izzy Lawrence told the BBC. "Obviously I wasn't going to say no, and she got up and played and it was amazing." Of the new tunes, Lawrence added, "If those songs are going to be on the new album, it's going to be huge."
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