Lady Gaga paid tribute to David Bowie with an electrifying, tech-filled performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards last night. Bowie died last month from a long battle with cancer. His death came just days after his 69th birthday and release of his final album, “Blackstar.”
Watching Lady Gaga deliver that performance, I felt like David Bowie was channeling through her. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if that was the case.
She knocked it out of the park. And it must have been a blast for her.
Lady Gaga Tribute to David Bowie at 2016 Grammy Awards – Effects Galore
The tribute was filled with special effects, costume changes and an appearance from “Let’s Dance” and “Black Tie White Noise” producer Nile Rodgers. Beginning with “Space Oddity,” Gaga first appeared on-screen with just her head mutating with vibrant colors.
Then she moved to a piano featuring hydraulics! Seriously, she’s one of the few people who could have pulled off this performance. She performed full choreography to songs like “Fashion,” “Let’s Dance” and “Rebel Rebel.”
Rodgers, who also directed the performance, joined in on guitar for the second half of the tribute, which ended with “Heroes.”
And those shoes she wore on the red carpet! I was very worried she’d fall off them and break an ankle.
In 2008, in the liner notes of her album, “The Fame,” Gaga thanked David Bowie for inspiring her. A year later, she listed his single “Rebel Rebel” as one of her favorite pop songs of all time. She said that in her first cover story for “Rolling Stone” magazine.
“All of the things I went through were on my own quest for an artistic journey to fuck myself up like Warhol and Bowie and Mick, and just go for it,” she told Rolling Stone in 2010.
“I like to, within moderation, respect that I’m not Mick Jagger or David Bowie, and I don’t just have fans that are a certain age. There are nine-year-olds listening to my music, so I guess I try to be respectful of them if at all possible.”
Lady Gaga recently won a Golden Globe for her role on “American Horror Story.” Last week, she belted out the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50. She’s nominated alongside Diane Warren for Best Original Song at this year’s Academy Awards.
Watch Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie at the 2016 Grammy Awards. She pays homage to Space Oddity, Changes, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, Rebel Rebel, Fashion, Fame, Under Pressure, Let’s Dance and Heroes.