The past couple of months have seen no shortage of tributes to the late David Bowie, not least of which was Lady Gaga’s tribute to as many David Bowies as possible at the Grammys. But there’s something to be said for slowing down and taking some time with just one David Bowie, as Lorde did at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday.
After members of Bowie’s old touring band performed an instrumental medley of his decades-spanning hits, including “Space Oddity,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Under Pressure,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Fame,” and “Heroes”—with Bowie’s own face taking its rightful place at the center of the stage the whole time—Lorde walked out to humbly perform one last classic by her hero, to whom she’d also penned a lovely tribute in January. Lorde doesn’t particularly sound like Bowie, nor did she try to, choosing instead to just be herself. But sometimes the best way to pay tribute to David Bowie is to remember that there will never be another David Bowie.
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