Lady Gaga to Pay Tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys

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Lady Gaga will perform a tribute to David Bowie at the upcoming Grammy Awards.

The legendary musician died on Jan. 10 at age 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer.

The musical director for Gaga’s tribute is Nile Rogers, whose history with Bowie dates back to the 1983 album “Let’s Dance.” Gaga has long-voiced her admiration for the musician, whose music greatly influenced her sound and aesthetic.

“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,” said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the Grammy Awards. “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 and, before long, we were on our way to creating what we believe will not only make a great Grammy moment, but one fitting of David.”

Ehrlich also told the New York Times that the tribute will likely last three or four songs and “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.”

The tribute will mark Gaga’s fourth Grammys appearance. The six-time Grammy winner is nominated, alongside Diane Warren, for best song written for visual media for “Til It Happens to You.” The song earned her a Golden Globe (on the same day that Bowie died) and an Oscar nomination.

Gaga joins previously announced performers that include Adele, Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd.

The 58th annual Grammy Awards will be hosted by LL Cool J for the fifth year in a row. The show will be broadcast live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.

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    1. Nanny Mo says:

      Hey, with the right lighting (a little Photoshoping) and some makeup, she’s meow!

    2. Tammy says:

      It would be a travesty to not acknowledge Glenn Frey in a tribute as well. Surely they will be doing that.

    3. adeli says:

      β€œTil It Happens to You.” The song earned her a Golden Globe (on the same day that Bowie died) and an Oscar nomination.

      FACT CHECK PLEASE, she won a supporting actress globe the night bowie died.

    4. kasumori says:

      He never wan to work with her……so why should she so the tribute, being great musicians out there, more influenced and with infinite more talent, why?

    5. rowdyred says:

      brenda: I’d say it’s a safe bet there will be a Glenn Frey tribute, but it won’t feature GaGa, so that’s why it’s not part of this story..

    6. brenda says:

      Is there going to be a tribute to Glenn Frey also?

    7. Katie says:

      She won a Golden Globe for her acting in American Horror story not for ‘Til it happens to you’. Gaga is amazing especially when doing tributes to other artists πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

      • Caset says:

        It says she was nominated for a Grammy for Til it happens to you, she hasn’t won it yet.

        • Sam says:

          You’re mistaken, Caset. Katie is talking about the quote:
          “The song earned her a Golden Globe (on the same day that Bowie died) and an Oscar nomination.”

          “Til’ it Happens to You” did not earn her a Golden Globe. In fact, she was not even nominated for Best Original Song in the Golden Globes. She won the Golden Globe for American Horror Story. The Oscar nomination still stands.

          There obviously needs to be some editing done on this article as far as facts go.

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