Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman introduced the New Zealand star.

By Eric Renner Brown
February 24, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
Dominic Lipinski/AP

Lorde honored the late David Bowie at Wednesday’s BRIT Awards with a rousing rendition of his 1971 classic “Life on Mars.”

After accepting the rare BRIT Icon Award on Bowie’s behalf, Gary Oldman introduced Lorde as an artist Bowie had hailed as “the future of music.” A backing band played a quick medley of Bowie’s classics — including “Space Oddity,” “Let’s Dance,” and “Fame” — before ceding center stage to the New Zealand star.

In his acceptance speech, Oldman described Bowie as “the very definition, the living embodiment, of that singular word: icon.” Oldman himself was introduced by Annie Lennox who called Bowie “the ultimate iconoclast.”

Bowie won two BRIT Awards during his lifetime: For Best British Male, in 1984 and again in 2014.

Earlier this month, the Grammys featured a Bowie tribute staged by Nile Rodgers and Lady Gaga. That performance included renditions of “Space Oddity,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Heroes,” and multiple other songs by the iconic musician.

Bowie died of cancer on Jan. 10 at the age of 69. Two days prior he released his 26th studio album, Blackstar.

After his death Lorde remembered Bowie in a touching note, where she spoke of the first time they met in 2013. “I’ve never met a hero of mine and liked it,” she wrote. “It just sucks, the pressure is too huge, you can’t enjoy it. David was different. I’ll never forget the caressing of our hands as we spoke, or the light in his eyes. That night something changed in me – i felt a calmness grow, a sureness.”

See the whole tribute below.

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