On Wednesday, Adele walked away with four awards and the likes of Justin Bieber and James Bay shared a stage, but it was singer Lorde who delivered the real highlight of the evening.
Just over a week after Lady Gaga paid tribute to David Bowie at The Grammy’s, the voice behind the smash-hit “Royals” delivered a tribute of her own.
The singer and David Bowie’s former live band performed a medley of Bowie’s greatest hits, but it was her rendition of “Life On Mars” as she was bathed in red light that won over both the audience and those watching at home, with many of the latter taking to Twitter to share their admiration.
Now this is how you do a tribute to Bowie. #brits
— Lynsey Spence (@Sidekick28) February 24, 2016
— Ang Walters (@Angwalters84) February 25, 2016
— Lorde_fix ? (@Lorde_fix) February 25, 2016
— Caroline (@Cazlou1980) February 24, 2016
— Shannon (@shanbushby) February 24, 2016
Lorde even won over Bowie’s son Duncan Jones who posted:
Finally found the links to tonight's Brits. Just… beautiful. Thank you.
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) February 25, 2016
The performance closed out a segment of the show which saw Bowie honoured with a posthumous Icon Award.
Annie Lennox told the audience and those watching at home:
“The legacy of his extraordinary sound and vision will be loved and revered for as long as the earth still spins.”
Accepting the award on Bowie’s behalf, actor Gary Oldman said, to a standing ovation in tribute to the music legend:
“We are coming to terms with the magnitude of David’s passing. The Jones family lost a husband and a father. Those closest to David lost a dear friend and the world lost a man, an artist of transcendent talent.
As Annie so gracefully said, David’s contribution, his influence on popular music, on culture itself has no equal, he was the very definition, he was the living embodiment of that singular word icon. I am so deeply touched and honoured to be hear tonight to accept this award for David and his family.
In recent years David sparingly spoke about music and his process; but in one of these rare instances, he graciously and elegantly expounded.
‘Music has given me over 40 years of extraordinary experiences. I can’t say that life’s pains or more tragic episodes have been diminished because of it, but it has allowed me so many moments of companionship when I have been lonely and a sublime means of communications when I have wanted to touch people. It has been both my doorway of perception and the house that I live in.’
Over his career, David challenged and changed our understanding of the medium, whether in music or in life, he emphasised originality, experimentation, exploration, and in his very unique way, he also reminded us to never take ourselves too seriously.
David was funny. He was funny, hilariously so, and the laughs were many and massive, and I shall miss them. A related story, a few years ago we were standing on a street corner and he was approached by this big fella, rocker type, long hair, leather clad, and he offered up this piece of paper for David’s autograph.
David signed the piece of paper, and as the fella walked away he turned to me and said ‘Well, he’s going to be disappointed.’ I said ‘Why?’ and he said ‘Because I signed it Gary Oldman’. His outlook was always positive, and I never once heard him complain.
David faced his illness with enormous courage, dignity, grace and customary humour. Even in dire circumstances. When he wrote to tell me the bad new that he had cancer, he added, ‘the good news is I have my cheekbones back.’
He was the sweetest soul ever, with the best cheekbones, until it was done. David, you were mortal, but your potential was superhuman, and your remarkable music is living on. We love you, and we thank you.”