Tonight you can call her Lady Stardust: Pop diva Lady Gaga paid tribute to the late David Bowie with a splashy, multimedia-laced medley at the Grammy Awards on Monday evening.
Gaga, who has long acknowledged Bowie as a major influence and emulated his glam-rock style, performed renditions of “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Suffragette City,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fashion,” “Fame,” “Under Pressure,” “Let’s Dance,” and “Heroes.” Sporting flame-orange hair, pink eye shadow, and a sparkling white jumpsuit, she strutted the stage in front of a kaleidoscopic video wall.
She was joined on stage by Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie’s hit 1983 album Let’s Dance and became a lifelong friend; Rodgers served as musical director for Gaga’s tribute.
Gaga had been booked for the show before Bowie’s death Jan. 10, and she soon emerged as the performer of choice to honor him. Like Bowie before her, Gaga is a shapeshifting performer with a flair for pageantry and pastiche, and she’s all about letting your freak flag fly.
In an interview shortly before Bowie’s death, Gaga told the Hollywood Reporter, “When I fell in love with David Bowie, when 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.”
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