Lady Gaga paid tribute to David Bowie with a mind-blowing performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards ceremony.
The iconic singer’s death in January at the age of 69, days after the release of his album “Blackstar,” inspired an outpouring of grief-laden creativity from all around the world and what better place to celebrate his art than on stage of the Grammys?
Filled with special effects, multiple changes of costume and a style as eccentric as Bowie’s, the tribute was a seven-minute performance as Gaga and Chic’s Nile Rodgers raced through a medley of nine of Bowie’s best-known songs: “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Suffragette City,” “Rebel, Rebel,” “Fashion,” “Fame,” “Let’s Dance,” and “Heroes.” The music sequence earned her a standing ovation from the audience.
Gaga already paid homage to Bowie with her red carpet look of a royal blue pantsuit, flame-red hair, glittery eye shadow reminiscent of Bowie’s “Life on Mars” video and a brand new tattoo with the face of Ziggy Stardust.
Gaga, who had agreed to sing at the Grammys even before Bowie’s death, took on the challenging task to pay respect to her idol, first getting the go-ahead from Rodgers, Bowie’s collaborator who recently spoke up about his transformative experience working with the music legend.
Last week, Lady Gaga sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl 50. She also recently won a Golden Globe for her role in "American Horror Story: Hotel" and is nominee for the Oscar’s category of Best Original Song.