So retro-soul diva Amy Winehouse was found dead Saturday in her London home, bringing on the predictable invocations -- mostly variants on how she should've said "yes yes yes," and the "sad inevitability" of it all. It's certainly true that she was a mess, and I expect there were people who tried to save her. For whatever reason, she could not save herself.
But right now, the moment of hers that I choose to remember is one where she looked almost (dare I say it) innocent. It happened during the Grammy Awards ceremonies the year that Winehouse won five of them, including album of the year. She appeared live via satellite from London, where she performed; and no, she did not exactly look clean and sober that night.
But check out the moment she heard she won. The stunned look on her face is pure deer-in-the-headlights, with what appears to be a dozen different emotions battling it out. And I'm not sure why, but watching those six seconds just breaks my heart.
So long, Amy. You were a great one who could've been even greater. But I'm afraid we'll never know.