Lady Gaga, the self-empowered, electropop songster known for her provocative visuals, bizarre outfits, sturdy pipes and bubbly beats undergirded with an R&Bish glaze, performed on last night’s Grammy Awards. Her unique style and delivery mirrors that of the late David Bowie, so it was only fitting that the avant-garde singer pay homage to Ziggy Stardust.
Gaga rocked through a seven-minute assemblage of Bowie songs, delivering a “pitch-perfect rendition of Bowie’s classic songs, with the tech-heavy performance doing the late eclectic performer justice,” writes Yahoo News on Feb. 16.
Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, delivered a stunning performance, rocking out portions of Space Oddity, Changes, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, Rebel, Rebel, Fashion, Fame and Let’s Dance, before concluding with Heroes and receiving a standing ovation.
Gaga’s Ziggy Stardust themed outfit was the talk of the red carpet, and her stage performance was spot on Bowie – odd gyrations and an unabashedly weird yet ferocious performance. Her boogying, mechanical keyboard fit in with the psychedelic lights and her passionate celebration of Bowie, who died in January from liver cancer. Before the Grammys started, Gaga even posted an Instagram video of herself, crying while she was having her Bowie makeup painted on.
A few days before her Grammy performance, which came just a few weeks after an outstanding rendition of the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50, the 29-year-old Lady Gaga spoke about the bittersweet honor of performing some of Bowie’s most iconic songs.
“When I was 19 years old… I started to live my life like him,” Gaga said, according to The Associated Press. “I began to consume art and fashion and art history and a combination of those things, performance technique… and I only hung out with people that were artists and that was the way that he was and I learned that from him.”
Gaga said Bowie shaped her identity as a musician.
“What I’m trying to say is there’s people that love David Bowie, and then there’s David Bowie fans, and there’s Bowie kids, who live like him… and I can’t express to you, I don’t know who I’d be if I didn’t have (him as) a figure in my life. I don’t know what my identity would be.”
The other tribute Gaga paid to Bowie was one less noticeable – a tattoo of the English singer on the side of her body.
“I’ve been wanting to get one for a long time,” Gaga admitted. “I was thinking about how there’s a lot of my fans that have Lady Gaga tattoos, some of them are really covered, and I always thought it was so badass the way that they were so committed to my music. I have a lot of ink already on my body, different sort of artistic prayers and thoughts and things that mean something to me, but I always wanted to get a tattoo of somebody that changed my life. And he really did.”
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