Since David Bowie‘s death at the start of this year, we’ve seen innumerable tributes to the man. Rightly so – he was one of the greatest, most fascinating and unpredictable musicians ever.
Lady Gaga paid tribute at the Grammys, while Lorde gave him her best at the Brits. There’s been various covers at gigs and festival performances and heartfelt comments in interviews and on social media alike. This weekend, the BBC put on the most ambitious display yet, paying homage to the great man at the Proms.
With the likes of Anna Calvi, John Cale, Marc Almond, Laura Mvula, rising grime star Elf Kid and many more, some of Bowie’s finest classics were reinvented and reimagined. It turns out the results weren’t for everyone – the reaction online was nothing short of divisive. For every tweet calling it “sensational and moving”, there was another decrying it for “butchering” a beloved Bowie track.
Some thought John Cale was its only saving grace…
While others couldn’t even find a single positive
The show’s experimental nature wasn’t to everyone’s liking
Marc Almond’s moment was as opinion-splitting as the whole thing
Some had the tissues out at home
One fan hit the nail on the head re: what made Bowie so special
Laura Mvula’s version of ‘Fame’ went down well
There were questions over what Bowie himself would think
This tweet reminded us of the Bowie-shaped void left in the world
These guys definitely weren’t impressed…
While others really were