Let’s All Agree That Lady Gaga Paying Tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys Would Be Most Fitting
According to a Page Six source, “Gaga is quietly mourning David Bowie and will pay tribute to him at the Grammy Awards.” And from a source close to the Lady herself: “There’s been discussions about a Bowie tribute, but nothing is confirmed yet.”
Award show tributes often have about them a whiff of treacly, reachy desperation, but in the case of Gaga honoring the late, great Bowie, nothing would be more appropriate. More than any other current popular artist, Bowie’s influence on Gaga is (and has been from the start) massive and well-documented. In her very first music video (“Just Dance“), Gaga gave a nod to Bowie by sporting an Aladdin Sane era lightning bolt on her face (above). She continued to wear the lightning throughout much of The Fame (another Bowie reference!) era.
Throughout her eight years in the spotlight, Gaga has repeatedly referenced Bowie and his impact upon her. In fact, just days before his death, Gaga spoke at length about Bowie’s influence on her music and image.
“When I fell in love with David Bowie, when I was living on the Lower East Side, I always felt that [Bowie’s] glamor was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls. 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… I just know that you can use the theater of your imagination to entertain people beyond their wildest dreams and then you can put something inside of that that changes the world, and that to me is when you make something truly great as an artist.”
Over the long weekend, Gaga shared several photos to her Instagram account in an attempt not only to honor Bowie but to demonstrate his influence upon her.
Ashes to Ashes boy. ☄ A photo posted by The Countess (@ladygaga) on
Gaga also retweeted this tweet shortly after news broke of Bowie’s death:
In all honesty, Gaga as we know her would not exist without David Bowie — Clodagh Mc Ginley (@clodaghmcginley) January 11, 2016
One final (and important) thing consider: We all know Gaga is more than capable of performing a tribute to something universally beloved and doing so, memorably, in a graceful way. Look no further than this:
A Bowie tribute should and will happen on Feb. 15, and having Gaga participate would be the only right call.
Regardless of whether or not Gaga’s Bowie tribute pans out, Gaga will perform at the Grammys this year. As part of a previously-announced collaboration with Intel, Gaga has teased an ARTPOP-esque performance at the ceremony. Her “special collaboration” with Diane Warren, “Til It Happens to You,” is nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media.