As much as Monday night’s Grammy Awards celebrated the best music of the last year, the show also took time to honor the lives of the great artists the music community lost.
The loss of David Bowie, who passed away on Jan. 10 at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer, was deeply felt as the Grammys drew near. Lady Gaga’s epic tribute to Bowie was one of the defining moments of the awards show, but other stars also remembered the icon over the course of the weekend.
At Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammys party Sunday night, Beck teamed with surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear for an homage performance of “The Man Who Sold the World.” The concert also served as a tribute to Kurt Cobain, who famously loved the song and recorded a cover of it with Nirvana.
Later in the evening, Bowie devotee Adam Lambert and Jack Antonoff closed the party with a performance of “Let’s Dance.”
On the Grammys red carpet, Zendaya sported a Bowie-esque blond mullet and double-breasted black suit. Gaga, too, sartorially referenced the legendary artist on the red carpet, wearing a floor-length, electric blue, embroidered satin jacket over a sequined leotard, eye shadow to match the coat, and enormous red platform heels to match her Bowie-inspired hair.
In his brief introductory monologue, Grammys host LL Cool J cited Gaga’s performance as one of the events of the night to look forward to. “Tonight, Lady Gaga salutes another artist who understood changes,” he said, “the late, great David Bowie.”
Gaga’s showstopping performance was a loving tribute that wove together some of Bowie’s biggest hits and featured even more elaborate Bowie-inspired fashion.