Last night, CBS aired the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. It was a memorable night for fans of music everywhere, but this year’s airing hit a high note when Lady Gaga stepped onstage for a tribute to the late, great David Bowie. You can catch her epic performance of “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Suffragette City,” and quite a few other David Bowie hits, below.
Lady Gaga actually teamed up with Intel to create this iconic tribute to David Bowie's career, and while she’s onstage singing “Space Oddity,” Intel actually projects artwork onto Lady Gaga’s face as she performs, including a recreation of the Ziggy Stardust look for the Aladdin Sane album cover. The artwork is really exceptional, but what makes this performance top notch is Lady Gaga herself. The singer hops from song to song seamlessly, introducing a few fun set props as well as an outlandish costume that’s just as in keeping with the singer’s taste as it was in keeping with David Bowie’s taste many years ago. This Intel trick is pretty sweet though:
The singer has been more into acting than her musical career over the past year, having appeared in American Horror Story: Hotel. The gig has served Lady Gaga well, as she’s appeared at both musical awards shows and acting awards shows this year. At the 2016 Golden Globes, for instance, she even won the award for Best Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Limited Series, beating out Fargo’s Kirsten Dunst and American Crime’s Felicity Huffman, among others. She’s Ryan Murphy’s new actress darling, but it’s obvious that music is where her real talents lie, and I hope she gets back to producing more music very soon.
Lady Gaga’s big David Bowie tribute comes just a few weeks after the “Rebel, Rebel” singer died at the age of 69. Although he had kept quiet about it, he had been battling cancer for the 18 months prior to his death, and died “peacefully” surrounded by his family. His final album Blackstar, was released on January 8, 2016, just two days before his death.
Obviously, David Bowie was a talent who was ultimately taken from us far to early, and obviously, the Grammys wanted to find a way to pay tribute to the musical legend with the flair for the dramatic. Lady Gaga might not be everyone’s choice for who should have taken on the tribute, but we here at CinemaBlend feel she did a helluva job.
You can catch more video footage from last night’s Grammy Awards over at the Grammy’s site.