After her tragic death in 2011, Amy Winehouse's name hasn't been easily forgotten, cropping up in the news at least every week. She has sold almost two million records since her death and the Amy Winehouse Foundation continues to do good work in her name. Tonight, family, friends and stars alike are all turning up in a special tribute evening and fundraiser for the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball, hosted by Mark Ronson.
Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse said: "We're just really carrying on the work she was starting. She was particularly concerned with homeless people as well." According to GigWise, the charity which was set up after the singer's death last year, had raised £230,000 in its first 12 months.
Jamie Cullum, Tyler James, and of course Mark Ronson will all be performing at the Dorchester this evening, and among the other star studded guests in attendance are her god-daughter Dionne Bromfield, Patsy Kensit, Paloma Faith, Mica Paris and X Factor stars Ella Henderson and James Arthur. The latter guests mingled with one another, reports the Daily Mail, despite the potential for a bitter rivalry after Henderson was sent home in favour of Arthur.
Mitch Winehouse also revealed further plans for the foundation, to BBC's Newsbeat, saying that there will be a statue unveiled in 2014. Apparently, "[It] will be accompanied by a concert," he said. "We want to make it like a Live Aid type concert where we get maybe four, five, six hours' worth. People doing a couple of songs each... Obviously that involves a lot of people. So far the response has been incredible."