This morning, it was announced that Lady Gaga will be paying tribute to David Bowie at the Grammy Awards on February 15. Rolling Stone broke the news.
“Lady Gaga, who was already booked to make an appearance at the Grammys, will now be paying tribute to David Bowie at the awards show. Chic’s Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie’s Let’s Dance LP, will serve as music director for the performance.”
The comments after the article were vicious.
“The Grammys can call it a tribute, but at the end of the day, this is nothing more than Ken Ehrlich indulging Lady Gaga,” claims commenter elle.
“This is the same woman who is making rape a ‘trendy’ topic despite doing a video that promoted rape,” says Ted Lopez, who pointed to a link which has a disturbing picture of R. Kelly and several nurses in skimpy outfits pretending to sexually assault Lady Gaga while she is asleep.
However, at least one commenter supports Gaga doing a David Bowie tribute.
“Lady gaga is the perfect choice!!! she was inspired by his fashion..but lady gaga took it to a whole new level and made it her own,” claims daniel18dg26.
The comments on Twitter have been mixed, but there have been more people against Gaga doing a Bowie tribute.
— Jelena D (@ItsJelenko) February 2, 2016
Tons of artists worked with Bowie. Any one of them would be a better choice than Lady Gaga.
(I'm sorry: I'm not over this.)
— RoxyB (@FoxRoxB) February 2, 2016
Shockingly, there have been Lady Gaga fans on Twitter who say she is too good to perform a David Bowie Tribute.
— Luke O'Malley (@lilmonsterluke) February 2, 2016
One Lady Gaga fan is okay with the performance but doesn’t think David Bowie is iconic as Mother Monster.
— Countess Gaga (@GagaCountessThe) February 2, 2016
This isn’t the first controversy Lady Gaga has found herself in over the past couple of weeks. Lady Gaga is nominated for an Oscar for the song “Till It Happens To You,” which is a rape protest song. Since Lady Gaga recently made a video with both R. Kelly and Terry Richardson that shows herself being sexually assaulted, some say she is being hypocritical.
It’s important to note that the video was never officially released. It was rumored that Lady Gaga herself leaked the video to TMZ, which is what caused part of the uproar. Although many believe Lady Gaga coming forward about being raped herself is brave, this video has also made people question her motives in becoming a spokesperson for the anti-rape movement. In particular, a petition on Change.org is calling Lady Gaga out for the alleged hypocrisy.
If that wasn’t enough, songwriter Linda Perry has called Lady Gaga out for allegedly only changing one line of the song and not deserving of an Oscar nomination. The response to Linda Perry by Lady Gaga’s fans was what many consider deplorable, with some fans calling Perry the C-word on Twitter and wishing her different methods of death.
It looks like Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, which was allegedly created to stop bullying and create a “kinder world,” really needs to target some of her own fans. Either way, let’s hope Lady Gaga gives a great tribute to David Bowie regardless of what the critics say.
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