Amy Winehouse, Usher Among Celebrities that Mentored Young Musicians

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Amy Winehouse's focus before her death was less about her music career than the budding one of her goddaughter, Dionne Bromfield. In fact, Winehouse's last appearance was at Bromfield's performance on July 20 -- just three days before she died.

The young singer was heartbroken at the loss of her godmother, tweeting a sweet message to the woman she looked up to.

"Forever in my you always #amy"

The "Rehab" singer was hands on with her young protege -- she regularly helped her write songs and record in the studio.

"She was always in the studio always helping, if something didn't sound right, in one of the verses or whatever, she'd just tweak it here and there," Bromfield told BANG Showbiz.

The young singer even took the stage just hours after Winehouse's death.

"It was very, very professional. We would have perfectly understood if she hadn't wanted to perform but she very bravely did," promoter Tim Powell told the BBC.

"There was no pressure, certainly not under those circumstances. She decided that she wanted to play so it went ahead as scheduled."

The godmother/goddaughter duo is not the first of its kind: many musicians mentor younger or beginner musicians. Luckily, these other relationship don't end so tragically.

Usher and Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber was just a YouTube sensation when manager Scooter Braun took him under his wing. However, it was Usher that really showed the young Bieber the ropes when it came to the music industry -- and the R&B singer knew exactly what Bieber went through.

"We talked about humility and, you know, how to handle yourself out here... just talked about it being my first performance," Bieber told "Access Hollywood" of Usher's advice before his first MTV Music Awards performance.

"There's other things that he's gonna have to learn himself but that's a part of the magic of him having a story as an artist and why I wanted to be involved from the beginning," the 30-year-old said of his involvement with the teen superstar.

We'd say Justin benefited from Usher's expertise, don't you?

Adam Levine and Javier Colon

"The Voice" champ Javier Colon wasn't a newcomer to the music business when he auditioned for the hit NBC show. However, success in the music business had alluded him and Levine gave him the opportunity for one more shot.

The result? Colon got the crown -- and Levine was one proud mentor

"Since I have a range, I like to sing a lot of things, sometimes when it's not necessarily needed," Colon told US Weekly before the show's finale. "[Coach] Adam [Levine] is great at dialing me back in and saying 'It's about the melody.'"

And what did the Maroon 5 crooner have to add?

"Javier sat down [in rehearsal] and I didn't have to say a damn thing," said Levine.

Sounds like a match made in heaven!

David Foster and Josh Groban

David Foster might not be a readily-known household name like Josh Groban, but the legendary music producer is credited with mentoring the big-voiced superstar when he broke into the business.

"I was studying with a vocal coach who knew David Foster. One day David called him and said he needed a singer right away for an event he was putting on for the Governor of California's Inauguration," Groban said of meeting his musical mentor.

In fact, it was Foster that replaced an ailing Andrea Boccelli with the young Groban to perform with Celine Dion at the Grammys dress rehearsal in 1998. He reluctantly agreed -- and the rest is history.

Dr. Dre and Eminem

Eminem was just a white rapper from Detroit named Marshall Mathers when Dr. Dre took him under his wing and helped him become the superstar he is today.

"He believed in me when not many others did," Eminem said during a 2010 event that honored the rap pioneer. "It would have been a lot easier for Dre to dismiss me like most people did: What's with the white guy from Detroit that raps with a funny voice? But he didn't. He stepped up to the challenge because he saw something in me."

The rapper teamed up with his mentor again for the 2011 song "I Need a Doctor" and Eminem raps about their relationship.

Which celebrity mentor/mentee relationship do you think is the best?

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