She once quipped in that acerbic way of hers: "These days anyone with a pair of hoop earrings and a big bum gets called a diva".
The irony wasn't lost on those who clapped eyes on Amy Winehouse's heavy gold jewellery.
But what really led fans and critics alike to mention this slight North London Jewish girl in the same breath as greats like Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin was her electrifying talent.
Her star burned briefly but, oh so, brightly. In her short career, she shared the stage with a pantheon of musical heroes, and won countless awards.
And even when Amy was brought low by her demons, she still managed to inspire with her songs and her story.
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