There have been a plethora of David Bowie tributes since the legendary rocker passed this Januaryincluding Lady Gaga’s huge Grammys performance, but Lorde may have just delivered the most stirring yet, singing Life On Mars at the BRIT Awards.
Bowie was awarded the Icon Award which was accepted on his behalf by one of his friends, actor Gary Oldman.
“The world lost a man and an artist who trascended,” Oldman told the crowd that included everyone from Adele to One Direction.
Immediately following his acceptance speech, Bowie’s former backing band, who haven’t performed together since Bowie’s 2003/04 Reality tour, reunited to play a melody of tracks including Let’s Dance and Under Pressure.
Lorde then appeared for a brooding rendition of Life On Mars, backed by some of Bowie’s original vocals. It was a stirring and poignant performance by a singer that was deeply affected by Bowie’s death.
Lorde met Bowie three years ago and at the time he tipped her to be “the future” of music.
When he died, she penned a heartfelt tribute to the legend saying, “He was a piece of bright pleated silk we could stretch out or fold up small inside ourselves when we needed to.”
Watch: David Bowie Tribute Live At The Brit Awards 2016 Featuring Lorde