MTV VMAs: Mars’ Stellar Tribute to Winehouse

He may not have taken home a Moonman at the MTV Video Music Awards, but Bruno Mars stole the show with his high-energy performance during the special tribute to the late Amy Winehouse.

Flanked by a full band, including a horn and string section, the 25-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer performed a no holds barred rendition of Winehouse and Mark Ronson’s cover of “Valerie,” originally sung by The Zutons.

Sporting a stylish turquoise blazer, Mars showcased his stellar dance moves and outstanding vocals during the 1960s Blues-themed performance. The truly passionate tribute was one of the award show’s high points.

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In addition to Mars’ performance, the special dedication to the gone-too-soon “Back to Black” singer included a touching speech by Winehouse’s friend Russell Brand, as well as an exclusive look at her recent collaboration with legendary singer Tony Bennett for his upcoming album of duets.

So what did you think of the VMA tribute to Amy Winehouse?

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