Lady Gaga Scheduled To Perform David Bowie Tribute at the Grammys
David Bowie’s death at the age of 69 last month stunned many fans and even those close to him who were in the dark about the severity of his illness.
The iconic artist died after a 15-month battle with what has been rumored as liver cancer. In the wake of his death, there have been several staged memorials all over the world – assembled for the purpose of celebrating the life of a man who became a living legend and with his passing has deposited a bloated legacy that will forever surpass future generations.
And the party continues with the upcoming Grammy Awards as organizers revamp to accommodate a worthy tribute to Bowie’s uncanny talent which was evident in his vibrant musical catalogue.
Lady Gaga has been summoned to do the honors and according Ken Ehrlich, producer of the Grammy’s, this had already been in the works even before his famous client passed away. But things took a different direction after the unexpected loss which encouraged Ehrlich to think about something less grand and more intimate with only the singer and actress at the helm. He also confirmed that he was besieged by several artists who were desperate to be a part of the special salute to the dearly departed legend but ultimately Ehrlich decided that Laday Gaga’s interpretation would be more effective without interference.
For her part, the New York native who grew up on the Lower East Side recalled her fascination with Bowie to The Hollywood Reporter and expressed how his innate coolness and “glamour” worked as a mental connector for people. “When I fell in love with david Bowie, when I was living on the Lower East Side, I always felt that his glamour was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls”.
And now she gets to be an extension of that and somehow we can’t help but think that her “Hero” would totally approve. Not much has been shared about what to expect from the highly anticipated performance but Ehrlich did divulge that it would not be the opening number and we can expect the segment to last for at least “six or seven minutes” which will probably be enough for “three or four” songs.
This year so far has been particularly brutal as a good number of musical legends have passed on – including Natalie Cole, Glenn Frey of the Eagles and most recently Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane who died last week of multiple organ failure.
B.B. King who died last May will also recognized during the ceremony along with Glenn Frey. And Lionel Ritchie will be honored as the Recording Academy’s 2016 MusiCares person of the year.
Sounds like a packed show but if anyone can manage the pressure it has to be Ehrlich who has been the producer of the Grammys since 1980.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on Feb. 15 by CBS.