After news of David Bowie's death shook the industry in early January, word spread that one of his biggest fans, Lady Gaga, would tribute the late icon. Thankfully, those whispers were confirmed on Tuesday morning (February 2).
JustJared.com confirmed the news with an exclusive statement from executive producer of the Grammy Awards Ken Ehrlich.
"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," he explained. "We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honor David. She’s perfect for it."
Bowie is this year's recipient for the Lifetime Achievement Award and will be honored by the pop titan with an "experimental tribute" medley that is said to be tied with her Intel partnership. While the tribute won't open the show, it is set to last six or seven minutes. Bowie collaborator Nile Rodgers, who produced the staple's 1983 album Let's Dance, will serve as the musical director for the tribute.
As we've seen in the past, Gaga is known for pulling off rather exceptional tributes, especially when she puts her all into it. If she can top last year's Sound of Music medley at the Oscars, you can bet that 2016 will be a major win in the book for Gaga.
Make sure you tune in to the LL Cool J-hosted ceremony on February 15 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.
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