Grammys 2016: Lady Gaga & Nile Rodgers Perform David Bowie Tribute Medley
Lady Gaga, joined by Nile Rodgers, performed a dazzling David Bowie tribute medley during the 58th Grammy Awards. During the show-stopping medley, which clocked-in as the longest performance of the night, the "Born This Way" singer ripped through a string of the late legend's greatest hits while physically transforming into Ziggy Stardust herself.
Introduced by Ed Sheeran, Gaga was accompanied onstage with a stellar backing band led by Rodgers, who produced Bowie's 1983 multi-platinum Let's Dance album.
Kicking things off with a riveting rendition of "Space Oddity," the broadcast focused on Gaga's face as a projection of Bowie's iconic Ziggy Stardust makeup morphed into a spider crawling on the singer's eye--a nod to Bowie's band The Spiders From Mars.
From there, the singer belted out 9 more of Bowie's best-known songs in just six minutes: "Changes," "Ziggy Stardust," "Suffragette City," "Rebel, Rebel," "Fashion," "Fame," "Let's Dance" mashed up with a hint of "Under Pressure" and "Heroes."
While the most recent song was 1983's "Let's Dance," the rendition of "Fame" was from the 1990 remix, "Fame '90." When closing out the set with "Heroes," the crowd of course offered a roaring, standing ovation.
While moving expertly between numbers, mashing some of them up vocally as if a DJ, Gaga moved between the sparkly mic mainstage and a moving, robot-like piano. By the time the set ended, she was primarily dancing with Rodgers while singing.
Additionally, the star managed to change her costume during the performance, removing a billowing white cape to reveal a rhinestone-encrusted white Ziggy Stardust-like suit to match her neon orange coiff.