Ground Control to Lady Gaga

Feb 22, 2016

Lady Gaga’s moving tribute to the late David Bowie left millions in awe and tears. Her performance truly captured the spirit and aesthetic of Bowie’s music. The performance was ambitious to say the least. She exemplified just the right amount of bizarre prowess so that the audience found a link between these kindred spirits: Bowie and Gaga. With the help of costumes, projections, a fully stacked backing band, and dancers, Gaga created a snapshot of Bowie’s world, melding nine of his top hits – “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Suffragette City,” Rebel, Rebel,” “Fashion,” “Fame,” “Let’s Dance,” and “Heroes.” The band also included a small taste of that famous guitar line from “Under Pressure.” We can’t think of anyone better to pay homage to one of the most innovative and inspiring artists of our time. Gaga has been a master of tributes in recent years, giving homage to artists such as Sting, Julie Andrews, Frank Sinatra, and now David Bowie. Each tribute she shows a new character, a new side to her artistry and this performance was no different.


Gaga’s performance was one of the most popular of the night, she had social media ablaze with fans of both Bowie and Gaga weighing in on the tribute. Guitarist Nile Rodgers, who has worked with Bowie on many projects, is quoted in Rolling Stone magazine saying “In my heart, I think he would have loved it.” Rodgers was “honored” to be a part of the tribute. Although it looks like not everyone was too pleased with the way it played out. After the show, David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones cryptically tweeted: “‘Over excited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused.’ Damn it! What IS that word!?” referring to the definition of the word “gaga.”


Now you, like us, may be thinking, what’s not to like? While we think Lady Gaga is the perfect fit for this tribute, it may just be that she is only the closest fit. Maybe there’s truly no one who can live up to the originality of Bowie? What do you think?