Year: 2007

When Amy Winehouse performed at SXSW in 2007 she was already an established name in the UK. Her first album, Frank, made its way to #13 on the UK Albums Chart, and her second project, Black to Black, was debuted at #3 in the UK a year earlier before going platinum before the end of '06. After having various shows cancelled during the week, she managed to attend a few, including one at La Zona Rosa and the other at Fader Fort.

Winehouse tore the house down at both shows and blew people away with her soulful voice as well as her surprising appearance. "While the music had a much rawer and more traditional sound than her album she more than made up for it via her visual juxtaposition," said IGN writer Spence D. "One thing is for sure: this little (as in hella skinny) broad has some serious soul emanating from her slinky frame."

Following her legendary performance at SXSW, Back To Black debuted at No.7 on the Billboard 200 chart. From there singles like, "Rehab" and "You Know I'm No Good" also topped the U.S. charts. Amy Winehouse remained a pop star in the U.S throughout her short career and is credited as an inspiration for other British powerhouses like Adele. Unfortunately, Winehouse passed away in July 2011, only four years after her first and only SXSW appearance.