Deciding on a fitting tribute to David Bowie at the Brit Awards was never going to be an easy task.
But even Bowie’s son Duncan Jones praised the way his father – who passed away aged 69 on 10 January – was honoured at last night’s ceremony.
Lorde was chosen to perform Bowie’s hit Life On Mars, alongside the backing band that worked with the late singer on his final two tours.
Afterwards, Duncan Tweeted: ‘Finally found the links to tonight’s Brits. Just… beautiful. Thank you.’
His words clearly came as a relief to Bowie’s longtime keyboard player Mike Garson, who replied: ‘Thank you Duncan. So glad you enjoyed it. that means a lot to the band.’
Duncan’s response was a stark contrast to the message he sent after Lady Gaga’s Bowie tribute at the Grammys earlier this month.
Then, He Tweeted the Oxford English dictionary’s definition of the word Gaga: ‘Overexcited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused.’
He followed up: ‘Damn it! What IS that word!?’ Eek.
It was Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman who introduced yesterday’s BRITs segment, with Gary accepting the Icon Award on behalf of his longtime friend.
The actor shared several recollections from Bowie’s final months of life, telling the audience: ‘In recent years, David sparingly spoke about music and his process.
‘But in one of these rare instances, he graciously and elegantly expounded: “Music has given me over 40 years of extraordinary experiences.
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‘”I can’t say that life’s pains or more tragic episodes have been diminished because of it, but it has allowed me so many moments of companionship when I have been lonely and sublime means of communications when I have wanted to touch people.
‘”It has been my doorway of perception and the house that I live in.”‘
The segment was praised by viewers and celebrities alike, with 19-year-old Lorde herself Tweeting: ‘Such an honour getting to perform #BRITs2016 paying tribute to my hero.
‘I was so nervous in the wings, and then i whispered to myself “just sing it to david”, and nothing else mattered.’
Well done, lady.