Though it’s likely he’s still mostly known for his role as a serial-killer-killing serial killer, Michael C. Hall‘s embodiment of David Bowie is beginning to rival that former acting gig. Throughout this past year, Dexter‘s leading man has spectacularly personified the late new wave legend, stemming from his starring role in the musical Lazarus. Lazarus was one of the last projects Bowie completed before his untimely death this past January, and Hall was called upon as the show’s lead.
However, following this production that debuted off-Broadway, Hall has continuously utilized the role to pay homage to Bowie. Through Lazarus, he’s evidently mastered how to channel the late singer’s cutting vocals and unique sound. And this past Thursday night, at the 2016 Mercury Prize Gala, Hall was able to reprise the role.
The Gala serves to award the year’s best British album and Bowie’s final work, Blackstar was amongst the night’s nominees. To honor Bowie, Hall was there to perform the Blackstar track “Lazarus” and was backed by a full band along with a video backdrop featuring the deceased musical icon.
Though Bowie ultimately lost out to Skepta for his album Konnichiwa, even Skepta took time out in his acceptance speech to lament the musical community’s deeply-felt loss: “Rest in peace, David Bowie.” While we mourn, at least we have Hall to help us process. Watch it above.