Lady Gaga is set to honour the late David Bowie in a once off, “experimental” performance at the Grammy Awards on February 15.
Producer of the Grammys, Ken Ehrlich, said that Lady Gaga’s performance “is going to be a true homage to who David [Bowie] was, particularly musically, but not ignoring his influence on fashion and pop culture in a broader way.”
In an interview, Ehrlich said that while Gaga was booked to appear at the ceremony before Bowie died, he began discussing a possible tribute with Lady Gaga after hearing the news. He added that the segment would be musically directed by the legendary Nile Rodgers, and will cover “three to four [Bowie] songs” and will probably last six or seven minutes.
“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,” Ehrlich said in a statement.
“We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honour 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.”
Lady Gaga, whose career was heavily inspired by David Bowie, spoke about the singer in an interview recorded shortly before his death.
“When I fell in love with David Bowie, when I was living on the Lower East Side, I always felt that his glamor was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls,” she told The Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg.
“He is a true, true artist and I don’t know if I ever went, ‘Oh, I’m going to be that way like this,’ or if I arrived upon it slowly, realising it was my calling and that’s what drew me to him.”
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