Lady Gaga, who paid tribute to Julie Andrews at last year’s Oscars, said she considered Bowie a “true artist.” She spoke to Scott Feinberg at Hollywood Reporter about Bowie’s influence on her career:
When I fell in love with David Bowie, when I was living on the Lower East Side, I always felt that his 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.
No details have been released about the salute,, however, we do know that longtime Bowie bud, Nile Rodgers, will be heading the segment. Rodgers produced Bowie’s best-selling album, Let’s Dance. It’s a good bet that “China Girl”, and “Modern Love” – two chart-toppers that were part of the album, will be included in the set.
Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich says of the tribute:
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.
This year’s Grammy Awards air on February 15 at 8 P.M. EST