The Recording Academy will honor GRAMMY winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient David Bowie with an experiential tribute performed by one of his biggest fans, six-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Lady Gaga, at the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Affording audiences a chance to experience Bowie’s music once again, the tribute will be a multi-sensory testament to the icon’s incredible artistry and a reflection of his limitless creativity.
The musical director for Lady Gaga’s tribute is three-time GRAMMY winner Nile Rodgers, whose own history with Bowie dates back more than 30 years to “Let’s Dance,” the chart-topping 1983 hit that marked the beginning of a lifelong friendship between the two.
Lady Gaga joins previously announced performers including Adele, James Bay, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, and The Weeknd. Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL Cool J is set to host Music’s Biggest Night for the fifth consecutive year. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Monday, February 15th at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
The tribute will mark Lady Gaga’s fourth appearance on the GRAMMY Awards telecast. She is nominated for Best Song Written For Visual Media for “Til It Happens To You” with Diane Warren.
“We had already booked Lady Gaga on this year’s show, but when David passed — almost in a single moment — we knew we had to change direction,” said executive producer of the GRAMMY Awards Ken Ehrlich. “We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honor David. She’s perfect for it. So I reached out to Nile and, before long, we were on our way to creating what we believe will not only make a great GRAMMY Moment, but one befitting of David.”
The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.
The Academy also announced that the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will take place at Microsoft Theater on Monday, February 15th from 12:30–3:30 p.m. PT and will be streamed live internationally at GRAMMY.com/live and CBS.com. Attended by nominees and industry VIPs, the star-studded ceremony will be hosted by comedian and current GRAMMY nominee Jay Mohr.
Preceding the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, the Premiere Ceremony will feature performances by current nominees Joey Alexander, the Fairfield Four and Tasha Cobbs, Highly Suspect, the Mavericks, and Takács Quartet. Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the day in approximately 70 categories will be current nominees Jidenna, Lianne La Havas, Keali’i Reichel, Maria Schneider, and Anoushka Shankar as well as five-time GRAMMY-winning producer Jimmy Jam.
The live stream of the Premiere Ceremony will remain on GRAMMY.com as video on demand for 90 days following the event. The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live following the event on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/5–8:30 p.m. PT.
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