Lady Gaga to Perform David Bowie Tribute at Grammy Awards
Published Feb 02, 2016Lady Gaga is the next musician to be confirmed as a performer at this year's Grammy Awards, with the Born This Way singer set to deliver a multi-song tribute to the late David Bowie.
A statement from the organizers behind the awards show, which takes place February 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, confirmed that Gaga is due to perform, but had initially been tapped to deliver an original song. Following Bowie's passing last month, producers asked if Lady Gaga would consider switching up her routine to honour the late musician. Unsurprisingly, she agreed.
"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," executive producer Ken Ehrlich explained. "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 [Rodgers] 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."
It's unclear which songs will be performed, but with Bowie collaborator Rodgers involved, one could speculate that it could touch on Bowie's massive Let's Dance LP. The 1983 collection had been produced by Rodgers and featured mega singles "Let's Dance" and "Modern Love."
Speaking with the New York Times, Ehrlich reiterated that Gaga's tribute "is going to be a true homage to who David was, particularly musically, but not ignoring his influence on fashion and pop culture in a broader way."
An interview with Gaga conducted prior to Bowie's passing had the modern pop star praising the arts innovator, calling him an influence and "a true artist."
"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. "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, realizing it was my calling and that's what drew me to him."
Lady Gaga will also be in attendance as a nominee, as she's up for the Best Song Written for Visual Media award for "Til It Happens to You" with Diane Warren.
As previously reported, the 58th Grammy Awards first revealed that the night would include performances from Adele, Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd and Little Big Town. In addition to Gaga, recent adds to the program include James Bay, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly and Carrie Underwood.