By Hayden Wright
“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,” said executive producer of the GRAMMY Awards Ken Ehrlich.
Lady Gaga cites David Bowie as one of her leading artistic influences and joined the outpouring of admiration in January. Tributes to David Bowie’s life and artistic legacy continue to proliferate. On Saturday night, Susan Sarandon quoted her late friend in her introduction of the In Memoriam segment of the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The musical director for Lady Gaga’s tribute is three-time GRAMMMY Award winner Nile Rogers, who produced Bowie’s most commercially successful album, 1983’s Let’s Dance, as well as 1993’s Black Tie White Noise.
The GRAMMY Awards will air on CBS on Monday, February 15.