Lady Gaga will be paying tribute to David Bowie at this year’s Grammy Awards, the show’s organizers announced Tuesday, as reported by Vanity Fair.
In his interview with the New York Times, Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich said that they had already booked Lady Gaga to perform at the music awards ceremony even before David Bowie’s death. After learning that Bowie had passed on, Ken contacted Lady Gaga and her manager to discuss a possible tribute that would honor his life and legacy.
“We had already booked Lady Gaga on this year’s show, but when David passed — almost in a single moment — we knew we had to change direction. We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honor David. She’s perfect for it. So I reached out to Nile and, before long, we were on our way to creating what we believe will not only make a great Grammy moment, but one fitting of David.
booked to perform.”
In an interview with Hollywood Reporter that occurred shortly before David Bowie’s death, the “Bad Romance” singer talked at length about Bowie’s influence on her career.
“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. He is a true, true artist and I don’t know if I ever went, ‘Oh, I’m going to be that way like this,’ or if I arrived upon it slowly, realizing it was my calling and that’s what drew me to him.”
“I just know that you can use the theater of your imagination to entertain people beyond their wildest dreams and then you can put something inside of that that changes the world, and that to me is when you make something truly great as an artist,” Gaga added.
Lady Gaga’s homage to Bowie is scheduled to last around six or seven minutes and will cover at least three or four songs. As to which songs Lady Gaga is set to perform, no official word has been announced yet. But there’s a big possibility that the tribute will include some hits from Bowie’s best-selling album “Let’s Dance,” simply on account of the fact that Nile Rodgers, the producer of said album, was the one tasked to direct Lady Gaga’s tribute segment. In that case, expect to Gaga to perform “Let’s Dance” or “China Girl” in her Bowie triute.
According to The Recording Academy, the tribute is aimed to be “multisensory testament” to David Bowie’s creativity as a musician whose career spanned over five decades. David Bowie, 69, died peacefully in January surrounded by his family following his 18-month battle with cancer.
Ken Ehrlich said that one of his main goals is to deliver a “true homage to who David was, particularly musically, but not ignoring his influence on fashion and pop culture in a broader way.”
In that case, Ehrlich did right by choosing Lady Gaga, considering how she integrated fashion, glamour into her music and image in a manner comparable to what Bowie did. Lady Gaga is a six-time Grammy winner who became famous for reinventing herself numerous times since becoming a commercial success in 2008.
Lady Gaga’s tribute will be only one of the performances scheduled for the Grammys this year. Aside from Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Carrie Underwood, and The Weeknd are booked to take the stage at the annual musical awards show on Februry 15.
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