A little more than a month following the death of rock legend David Bowie, the tributes continue to pour in. And on Monday night, on one of the biggest stages of them all, Lady Gaga broadcast a solid homage to one of her biggest heroes.
Flanked for much of the time on guitar by Nile Rodgers, who produced and collaborated with Bowie, Lady Gaga ran through a nine-song Bowie medley that produced a few of the bigger moments of the Grammy Awards.
The visuals also were entertaining. This moment in “Space Oddity” opened the tribute.
From there, Lady Gaga went into “Changes” and “Ziggy Stardust” before continuing with “Suffragette City,” “Rebel Rebel,” and “Fashion.” Meanwhile, she was going through a myriad of costume changes—and Bowie eras.
She went from “Fame” to “Under Pressure” and completed the set with “Heroes.”
Some loved the performance.
But not everybody was a fan of the medley.
That made me miss Bowie though not in the way it probably intended
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 16, 2016
All right, TBH, I liked Gaga's David Bowie tribute. But I didn't love it. I mean, it was fine, but not something I'll ever rewatch.
— Josh Katzowitz (@joshkatzowitz) February 16, 2016
Even so, kudos to her commitment, because it’s obvious she loved—and was influenced by—Bowie.
A few days before her performance, Lady Gaga—who walked the red carpet dressed as Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust character—showed how much Bowie means to her by getting a tattoo of his face on the left side of her rib cage.
And she was so moved on Monday as she was getting her makeup applied, she Instagramed a video of tears streaming down her face.
Yet, once her performance was complete, there was also this reminder. Bowie wasn’t exactly popular with those who vote to give out the Grammys.
Q: How many of these David Bowie songs won Grammy awards?
A: None of them.https://t.co/DJpjaY6NqP
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) February 16, 2016
Screengrab via CBS