Widely hailed as the most successful British solo act since Amy Winehouse, "Rolling in the Deep" singer Adele, 23, took to her blog Monday to express her grief over 27-year-old Winehouse's sudden death.
"Not many people have it in them to do something they love, simply because they love it, with no fuss and no compromise," Adele wrote. "But she knew what she was capable of and didn't even need to try. If she wanted to do something she would, and if she didn't, she'd say, 'F**k off.' It came easy to her and that's why we all loved her so much."
"We believed every word she wrote, and it would sink in deep when she sang them. Amy paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about British music again whilst being fearlessly hilarious and blase about the whole thing."
"I don't think she ever realized just how brilliant she was and how important she is, but that just makes her even more charming," Adele continued. "Although I'm incredibly sad about Amy passing, I'm also reminded of how immensely proud of her I am as well — and grateful to be inspired by her. Amy flies in paradise."
As teenagers, both Adele and Winehouse attended the prestigious London School for Performing Arts & Technology (though not at the same time). Other famous students include Leona Lewis, Kate Nash, Jessie J and Imogen Heap.