Out of the current crop of pop singers, there are few who owe more to David Bowie than Lady Gaga. So, it’s fitting that the ARTPOP singer was tagged to perform the 2016 Grammy Awards’ tribute to the late singer.
Gaga was already scheduled to perform new music at the awards ceremony on Feb. 15, but Ken Ehrlich — longtime executive producer of the ceremony — asked Gaga to handle the Bowie tribute instead following news of the rock icon’s death.
“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.”We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honor David. She’s perfect for it.”
He added that many other artists were eager to join in the tribute (“some of whom might have made sense; the vast majority didn’t”), but he ultimately decided to make the performance a solo affair. Nile Rodgers, the legendary Chic guitarist and producer of Bowie’s 1983 album Let’s Dance, will serve as musical director for the segment.