The MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night included a much-discussed tribute to Amy Winehouse, who passed away in July. Winehouse’s friend Russell Brand introduced Bruno Mars but not before reminding viewers that Winehouse suffered from alcoholism and drug addiction. He urged people to get help or to help their friends seek help if they were suffering.
Mars then took the stage for his performance of “Valerie,” as made popular by Winehouse and Mark Ronson — an upbeat number that celebrated Winehouse’s life as opposed to mourning her death.
But was Mars the wrong choice for the tribute? Many other names were thrown about before the big show, but MTV ultimately chose to feature only Mars. The controversy lies in Mars’ own possible substance abuse problems — he was arrested in Vegas for cocaine possession in September 2010. Mars plead guilty to the charge. His record is otherwise clean.
Fans questioned MTV’s decision on Twitter. Some also wonder why Mars didn’t choose to sing a song that Winehouse wrote. “Valerie” was written by The Zutons and featured on their 2006 album “Tired of Hanging Around.”
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