Lady Gaga To Honor David Bowie With Tribute At Grammys
February 2, 2016 at 11:40 AM (PT)
THE RECORDING ACADEMY will honor GRAMMY winner and LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD recipient DAVID BOWIE with an "experiential" tribute performed by six-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee LADY GAGA, at the 58th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15th. THE ACADEMY describes the tribute as "a multisensory testament to the icon's incredible artistry and a reflection of his limitless creativity."
The musical director for LADY GAGA's BOWIE homage is three-time GRAMMY winner NILE RODGERS, whose own history with DAVID dates back more than 30 years to "Let's Dance," the chart-topping 1983 hit that marked the beginning of a lifelong friendship between the two.
Previously announced performers include ADELE, JAMES BAY, ANDRA DAY, ELLIE GOULDING, SAM HUNT, TORI KELLY, KENDRICK LAMAR, LITTLE BIG TOWN, CARRIE UNDERWOOD and THE WEEKND, with two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J set to host for the fifth consecutive year. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
The tribute will mark LADY GAGA's fourth appearance on the GRAMMY Awards telecast. She is nominated for Best Song Written For Visual Media for "Til It Happens To You" with DIANE WARREN.
Commented GRAMMY AWARDS Executive Producer KEN EHRLICH: "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 befitting of DAVID."