David Bowie left behind quite a mass of fans when he passed away earlier this year, and there’s been no shortage of tributes, covers, and performances done in honor of the late musician by those whose lives were touched by him. At last night’s Brit Awards, Lorde performed a simple, no-frills version of Bowie’s song “Life On Mars” and was rewarded with praise from his son Duncan Jones, who thanked her on Twitter.
The praise came soon after Lady Gaga’s performance at the Grammy Awards, which was sponsored by Intel and featured quite a few technological magic tricks, including one that made Gaga appear as though she was wearing David Bowie’s iconic Ziggy makeup as the show began. Viewers seemed to enjoy the tribute, which was an extended performance featuring several shortened versions of Bowie’s most popular songs, but Duncan Jones took to social media afterward to critique it.
“Overexcited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused.’ Damn it! What IS that word!?” he wrote of the definition of “gaga”.
Finally found the links to tonight's Brits. Just… beautiful. Thank you.
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) February 25, 2016
British actor Gary Oldman was on hand to accept the “Icon” award on behalf of Bowie, giving an eloquent speech about his late friend that was tinged with emotion.
“In recent years, David sparingly spoke about music and his process. But in one of these rare instances, he graciously and eloquently expounded: ‘Music has given me over 40 years of extraordinary experiences. I can’t say that life’s pains or more tragic episodes have been diminished because of it, but it has allowed me so many moments of companionship when I have been lonely, and a sublime means of communication when I have wanted to touch people. It has been both my doorway of perception and the house that I live in.’…I can share with you that he faced his illness with tremendous courage, dignity, grace, and customary humor, even in dire circumstances. David, you were mortal, but your potential was superhuman and your remarkable music is living on. We love you and we thank you,” Oldman said.
Have a watch of @lorde's David Bowie tribute and let us know what you think!
It's pretty amazing!https://t.co/EU26qzwebK
— HIT 30 (@TheHit30) February 25, 2016