When Lady Gaga and Chic mastermind Nile Rodgers paid tribute to the late, great David Bowie at the Grammy Awards, they turned a lot of heads.
The medley of famous Bowie tunes was a frenetic, high-tech spectacle that featured such sights as a computer-animated spider crawling from Gaga’s eye, and an electric piano and microphone stand that twisted and turned with lives of their own.
A lot of people thought the number knocked it out of the park.
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Not everyone was so impressed, though.
In fact, the rock legend’s own son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, took to Twitter to throw a little of what the kids call shade.
But another tribute at the Brit Awards last night seems to be hitting the right notes for everyone.
After accepting a posthumous award for Bowie, his close friend Gary Oldman introduced a special performance by 19-year-old sensation Lorde, whom Bowie had admired as “the future of music.”
In an especially emotional moment for Bowie fans, backing her were the musicians who accompanied him on his final, worldwide “A Reality Tour,” which ended prematurely in 2004 after the singer suffered a heart attack.
After a tight, instrumental medley of Bowie hits, Lorde took the stage and delivered a somber, fragile take on “Life on Mars,” one of Bowie’s best-loved hits.
“Performing tonight for the last time with my wonderful Bowie band mates, whom I love and respect so deeply, was one of the most difficult performances of my life,” longtime Bowie bassist and vocalist Gail Ann Dorsey wrote on Facebook a short time later. “But the power of music continues to give me the strength to weather my profound sadness, the courage to navigate my darkest moments, and a reason to remain passionately and truly alive.”
Jones tweeted his own approval as well.
Producer Tony Visconti, who worked with Bowie on most of his epochal records, from 1969’s self-titled album to his final work Blackstar, was equally impressed.
“A first class, respectful, sensitive, egoless tribute to dear David,” he posted on Facebook. “Thank you Gail Ann Dorsey, Gerry Leonard, Mike Garson, Sterling Campell, Catherine Russell and Earl Slick. David loved you and I love you. Lorde, you rocked it!”
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