It was announced today by the Recording Academy that the company will honor GRAMMY Award winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient David Bowie with an experiential tribute performed by one of his biggest fans, six-time GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Lady Gaga.
The tribute will take place during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, which are set to air next month. The event will give audiences a chance to experience Bowie’s music once again, the tribute will be a “multi-sensory testament” to the superstar’s incredible artistry and a reflection of his limitless creativity. The special will be broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 15 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET) on CBS.
Musical director for Lady Gaga’s tribute is three-time GRAMMMY Award winner Nile Rogers, whose own history with Bowie dates back 30 years to “Let’s Dance,” the 1983 hit that marked the beginning of a lifelong friendship between the two.
Lady Gaga joins previously announced performers, Adele, James Bay, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd. Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J is set to host Music’s Biggest Night® for the fifth consecutive year. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
The tribute will mark Lady Gaga’s fourth appearance on the GRAMMY Awards broadcast. She is nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Til It Happens To You” with Diane Warren.
“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. 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,” said executive producer of the GRAMMY Awards Ken Ehrlich.
THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.