Chris Martin says Bowie turned down Coldplay guest spot because song ‘wasn’t one of my best’

Frontman reveals story at inaugural BBC Music Awards

Chris Martin has revealed that he once asked David Bowie to record vocals for a Coldplay song but was rejected by the singer.

Martin made the revelation during last night’s BBC Music Awards, a ceremony where Bowie was nominated for British Artist Of The Year and Coldplay performed live.

In a video compiling a number of artists praising Bowie, including George Ezra, Take That and Olly Murs, Martin first spoke about his return to music in 2013. “When ‘Where Are We Now?’ came out I was staggered, and also annoyed,” he said. “Like, ‘Come on, it’s not fair.’ He’s already got all these amazing songs and then this instant classic.”

Martin then discussed the time he tried to get Bowie to record vocals for a song he had written. “One time i sent him a song to ask him to sing on it. He called me and said, ‘It’s not one of your best.’ He’s got very high standards and I appreciate that. It inspires the rest of us to keep our standards high.”

Pharrell was the big winner at the first ever BBC Music Awards, which took place tonight (December 11) at London’s Earls Court. Williams took home two of the ceremony’s four awards, despite not being present. Ed Sheeran and Catfish & The Bottlemen collected the other two awards on the night.