Soul singer Dionne Bromfield, 15, wore a necklace that had belonged to the chart-topping star as she gave a moving rendition of Winehouse's single Love Is A Losing Gam at the glamorous Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) awards in the SECC.
Her performance was a fitting tribute to Winehouse, who had battled alcohol and drugs problems before she was found dead, aged 27, at her home in London in July.
Bromfield admitted it had been an emotionally charged performance. She said: "Amy is always with me. She's here round my neck. This necklace was hers."
Kanya King, founder and chief executive of the MOBOs, described it as the "moving moment of the night", adding "Glasgow is a home from home for me. It's just fabulous being here."
The big winner was chart topping pop star Jessie J, who scooped four awards – Best UK Act, Best Album, Best Newcomer and Best Song.
Wearing a baseball cap, she opened the event with her hit Do It Like a Dude and had three outfit changes during the night.
She said: "I did not expect to win. To win best song over Adele and people that I've listened to and got inspiration from, it's just overwhelming. It's a nice place to be and it's nice to have it outside London. The fans have been amazing. It's absolutely wonderful to be here tonight."
Hundreds of fans waited for hours in wind and rain beside the red carpet to catch a glimpse of some of the stars. .
Student Katrina MacPhail, 21, from Ayr, said: "I'm here to see Jessie J. It's just brilliant having the MOBOs in Glasgow because nothing ever seems to happen outside of London and it's much easier having it on your doorstep."
Student Adele Campbell, 17, from Erskine, said: "Dappy is my favourite person so that's who I'm here to see. I just love N Dubz."
Ashleigh Logan, 20, a shop worker from Greenock, said: "I can't wait to see Jason Derulo, it's all about him for me."
Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson, said: "Glasgow is the cultural capital of Scotland, the style capital of Scotland and now the music capital of Scotland."
Flying the flag for Scotland were singer-songwriter Yasmin, who grew up in Kilmacolm, Inverclyde, and former Glasgow University medical student Emile Sande.
Though both missed out on the Best Newcomer award, Emilie, whose single Heaven reached number two in the charts, said: "It is really cool having the Mobos in Glasgow because there's such a big fanbase here."
Other performers included boy-band JLS, who flew in by private jet to present the American band Boyz II Men, who enjoyed global success throughout the 1990s , with an award for their outstanding contribution to music.
VIP guests including record company bosses, drank champagne at £5000 tables while 6000 fans filled the arena.
The ceremony, which was co-hosted by American chart-topper Jason Derulo and Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon, will return to Glasgow in 2013 and 2015.