Lady Gaga paid tribute to the late David Bowie at the Grammy Award’s last night, performing a special seven-minute medley of his greatest hits.
The singer, who was joined on stage by Let’s Dance producer Nile Rodgers, paid homage to the icon with the showy, special effects-filled spectacular – rocketing through ten songs and two custom Marc Jacobs costume changes. Starting on a slow and offbeat rendition of “Space Oddity”, Gaga eventually moved to her piano to perform “Changes”, “Ziggy Stardust” and “Suffragette City”. She then burst into full choreography for “Rebel Rebel”, “Fashion”, “Fame”, “Let’s Dance” and “Under Pressure”, before finishing the set with “Heroes”.
Bowie, who died last month after an 18 month-long battle with cancer, has often been credited as a great inspiration by Gaga – with the singer reportedly tattooing the icon’s face across her torso, and mentioning him in the liner notes of her debut album, The Fame. “I always felt that (Bowie’s) glamour was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls,” she told The Hollywood Reporter after his death. “He is a true, true artist.”
However, while her homage seems to have generally bowled over most fans and critics, some are not so impressed. In a tweet posted just after the performance, David Bowie’s son, director Duncan Jones, playfully posted a definition of the word “gaga” – leaving no other comment. “Overexcited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused,” he wrote. “Damn it! What IS that word!?”