Lady Gaga took the stage at the 58th annual Grammy Awards to pay tribute to one of music’s most beloved artists — the late David Bowie — and the singer and “American Horror Story” star certainly didn’t disappoint.
The performance stretched through Bowie’s entire career, honoring the various stages of his on-stage persona, from Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke. Given Gaga’s own stage presence, it should come as no surprise that the visuals of the performance were just as important as the audio.
Throughout the medley of Bowie’s biggest hits — “Space Oddity,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Let’s Dance,” “Fame,” Suffragette City” and more — Gaga and her band, which included longtime Bowie collaborator Nile Rodgers, relied in projections, screen filters, lighting and a very colorful video screen at the back of the stage to paint a picture not unlike what you may see in a classic music video from the singer.
It set the tribute apart from every other performance at the Grammys, giving it a practically ethereal feel. Of course, the fact that Gaga was so clearly invested in the quality of the segment went a long way. She was committed to remembering Bowie as best she could — including donning his striking orange hair from his Ziggy Stardust era and a costume seemingly right out of his own wardrobe.
Gaga didn’t keep her tribute just to her performance at the Grammys. She also wore an outfit inspired by the singer on the red carpet and even got herself a Bowie tattoo, which she shared with her followers on Snapchat.
Bowie die Jan. 10 after a battle with cancer. Two days prior to his death, the singer released his final album — “Black Star” — on his 69th birthday.