The New Zealand star honored the late, great David Bowie at Wednesday's BRIT Awards.

By Eric Renner Brown
Updated February 25, 2016 at 04:31 PM EST
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At Wednesday’s BRIT Awards, Lorde gave the late David Bowie a worthy tribute with her cover of his classic “Life on Mars.” The 19-year-old star shared her comments about the performance on Twitter Thursday, writing that it was “such an honour getting to perform #BRITs2016 paying tribute to my hero.”

But even Lorde gets the jitters. “I was so nervous in the wings, and then I whispered to myself, ‘Just sing it to David,’ and nothing else mattered,” she added. Furthermore, Lorde recognized playing with “Bowie’s brilliant touring band” and described the experience as “unreal.”

Lorde’s performance at the BRIT Awards followed a heartfelt tribute by Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman where Bowie was posthumously presented with the rare BRIT Icon Award. Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, called the moment “just beautiful.” During his lifetime, Bowie won two BRIT Awards: For Best British Male in 1984 and 2014.

The BRIT Awards segment follows the Bowie tribute staged by the Grammys earlier this month. That performance featured Nile Rodgers and Lady Gaga.

Bowie died of cancer on Jan. 10 at the age of 69, two days after releasing his 26th studio album, Blackstar. Lorde remembered the star at the time, writing on Facebook that meeting Bowie “was different” and that she’ll “never forget the caressing of our hands as we spoke, or the light in his eyes.”

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