Winehouse tribute to highlight VMA awards

By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | August 28, 2011 | 10:00 AM EDT

FILE - In this July 30, 2011 file photo, Tim McIlrath of the band Rise Against performs during their set at the "L.A. Rising" concert at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles. Their music video for “Make It Stop (September's Children),” a song about gay teens and suicide, is nominated in the new category Best Video with a Message at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

A tribute to Amy Winehouse will add a bit of reverence to the always irreverent MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

The British singer died in July after a years-long battle with substance abuse. Her last known recording was with Tony Bennett on his upcoming "Duets II" album and Bennett will lead the memorial for the "Rehab" singer.

But the mood shouldn't be somber for long. The always colorful and playful Katy Perry is the leading nominee with 10; Adele and Kanye West are tied for seven each. Scheduled performers during the two-hour broadcast include Lady Gaga, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Beyonce.

The VMAs will be held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and air live on MTV from 9-11 p.m. on MTV.




Nekesa Mumbi Moody is the AP's music editor. Follow her at