Introduced by Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga paid a huge tribute to David Bowie at the 58th Grammy Awards, held yesterday in Los Angeles, by performing for more than six minutes together with Chic’s Nile Rodgers and running through nine selections of Bowie’s discography.
She began the tribute with a snippet from ‘Space Oddity’, strutted onto the stage to ‘Changes’ and then kicked into ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Suffragette City’. ‘Rebel Rebel’ followed and then she shared the stage with dancers for ‘Fashion’ and ‘Fame’. She performed ‘Let’s Dance’ with Nile Rodgers, which Nile Rodgers had written more than 30 years prior. Her finishing piece de resistance was ‘Heroes’ which won her a standing ovation.
Lady Gaga opened the performance dressed as Ziggy Stardust, complete with dyed red hair and at the end of the tribute embraced Nile Rodgers, one of Bowie’s producers who joined her for the performance.
David Bowie, the iconic singer, died at the age of 69 after battling liver cancer. Reports stated that he has been secretly cremated at his request.
Tony Visconti, David Bowie’s producer, said that the album ‘Blackstar’ which was released just a few days before he died, was his ‘parting gift’ to fans. He said that ‘his death was no different from his life – a work of art’.
The Mirror has reported that Bowie has asked for no public memorial but there are plans afoot to honour his contribution to music. He will also be honoured with a memorial concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall on March 31.
The concert to celebrate Bowie’s musical legacy was announced hours before his death and tickets sold out within hours.
There will be a tribute next month at the Brit Awards with the chairman Max Lousada saying: “Naturally, we wish to honour his extraordinary life and work at the forthcoming Brit awards and pay a fitting tribute to one of our greatest icons.”