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2016 GRAMMYs Recap: Lady Gaga – David Bowie Tribute

Posted on February 16, 2016

Ground control to Major Tom.

Lady Gaga opened with these popular words by the late David Bowie. As she turned her face, she revealed the unmistaken and iconic red and blue lighting bolt of Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover.

By this point we already had full on chills, and tears in our eyes.

Filled with special effects, costume changes and an appearance from Let’s Dance and Black Tie White Noise producer Nile Rodgers, Gaga gave a tribute to Bowie as eclectic as his career. — Rolling Stone

Take a look at the full and truly epic performance:

We were all beyond shocked and saddened to hear the news that the iconic David Bowie passed away in January 2016, after a long battle with cancer. Rumour has it that Lady Gaga was already booked for The GRAMMYs, and that with the passing of Bowie – they knew which direction they had to take it in.

In 2008, Gaga thanked Bowie for inspiration in the liner notes of her debut studio album, The Fame. She’s an obvious fan, and someone who deeply inspired by Bowie and his constant re-invention and musical genius. Gaga herself is someone we see as transformative and ever-changing. It’s easy to see why Bowie was such an inspiration to Gaga, and her musical career.

This tribute was something special. It was not only a spectacular performance from Lady Gaga, but a performance we think the Thin White Duke himself, would’ve been moved by.

In this Instagram video that Lady Gaga posted before the show, we see her prepare for the performance and become emotional. With what seems like two toned eyes, as Bowie had, Gaga sheds a tear and writes: “The world loves you David.”

The world loves you David.

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Her red carpet Ziggy Stardust inspired look, was flawless – as usual:

Fun Fact: ahead of the GRAMMYs Bowie tribute, Lady Gaga got some on-theme fresh ink, writing in a snapchat video “this was the image that changed my life.”