It was pretty much a giving the 2016 Brits wouldn’t end without paying tribute to Brixton’s own David Bowie. Accepting the Icon Award for the late singer was close friend, actor Gary Oldman. With trophy in hand, Oldman delivered a speech about his old friend.
Emotional is too simple of a word to describe the above clip, which has Oldman sharing a humorous anecdote with the audience about Bowie getting his cheekbones back after being diagnosed with cancer.
Oldman soon turned his attention to the stage where he introduced Bowie’s old live band, who hadn’t performed together in over a decade. The performance begins with an instrumental medley of the Thin White Duke’s hits before singer Lorde hit the stage.
Here, she sings “Life on Mars” and delivers a beautiful, stripped down homage to the Spaceman. While it’s way less theatrical than Lady Gaga’s tribute, the power of the music carries the number wonderfully. Well done, indeed.