- 02 Feb 16
The pop star activist will perform a tribute to the late musicial icon.
Lady Gaga has been chosen to honour David Bowie at this year's Grammy Awards.
The 69 year-old legendary artist passed away on January 10, after an 18-month battle with cancer.
The Grammys musical director Nile Rogers, whose affiliation with Bowie dates back to the eighties, will be organising the performance.
Gaga, a self-confessed Bowie fanatic, voiced her admiration for the Thin White Duke when he died. "When I fell in love with David Bowie, I was living on the Lower East Side, I always felt that his glamor was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls," she told The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg. "He is a true, true artist and I don't know if I ever went, 'Oh, I'm going to be that way like this,' or if I arrived upon it slowly, realising it was my calling and that's what drew me to him."
Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the Grammy Awards told Variety that Lady Gaga had already booked when David passed. "We knew we had to change direction," he said. “We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honour David. She’s perfect for it. So I reached out to Nile and, before long, we were on our way to creating what we believe will not only make a great Grammy moment, but one fitting of David.”
The New York Times reports that the tribute will last for three or four songs and "is going to be a true homage to who David was, particularly musically, but not ignoring his influence on fashion and pop culture in a broader way.”
Kendrick Lamar, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd will all be performing at the 58th Grammy Awards on February 15.