tribute at the 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards was led by , and . First, it was Brand who took the mic to remember the late singer. "She was a mate of mine and tragically this year we lost her," he said.
"First time I met her, she was kind of like a daft, dopey person, just wandering around a little bit crazy, like a lot of people who are drawn to big cities with a peculiar, unknowable talent," he went on. "That incredible, extraordinary voice coming from that crazy person, a person I knew would wander stinking of the booze, a loopy, loose-cannon person - I thought, 'How can that be coming out of her?' "