Lady Gaga: ‘My whole career is a tribute to David Bowie’

Singer speaks following Bowie tribute performance at the Grammys

Lady Gaga has spoken publicly following her Grammys tribute to David Bowie, talking at length about the inspiration the late star had been on her.

Gaga performed a medley of Bowie hits at the ceremony in Los Angeles last Monday night (February 15), singing ten songs in total: ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Changes’, ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Suffragette City’, ‘Rebel Rebel’, ‘Fashion’, ‘Fame’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Let’s Dance’ and ‘Heroes’.

Speaking to NPR recently, Gaga said: “How do I feel now that it’s over? I mean, I feel like my whole career is a tribute to David Bowie.”

She added: “It’s still going. I’ve been watching his videos all day long, and also listening to Blackstar, his last album, which is a truly incredible piece of music. It’s one of the single greatest things an artist has ever done: making a masterpiece album that is their own eulogy. Can you imagine? To go into the studio every day and put your heart in that place, where you are saying goodbye to life? I mean, his art made him strong.”


“The moment that I saw the Aladdin Sane cover for the first time, I was 19 years old, and it just changed my perspective on everything, forever. It was an image that changed my life. I remember I took the vinyl record out of the casing and I put it on my vinyl player — which was on my stovetop in my kitchen, because I was living in this really tiny apartment and I had my turntable on my stove. ‘Watch That Man’ came on and, I mean, that was just the beginning of my artistic birth. I started to dress more expressively. I started to go to the library and look through more art books. I took an art history class. I was playing with a band.”

“I guess what I’m trying to tell you is, my friends and I in New York, we’ve lived a lifestyle of total immersion in music, fashion, art and technology since we were kids — and this is because of him. I just would never be here, or have the philosophy that I have, if I didn’t have someone to look up to that you know blew my mind so intensely. You know the way that Nile Rodgers talks about Coltrane, and the way that Coltrane makes him think about jazz? That’s how David Bowie is for me. You meet or see a musician that has something that is of another planet, of another time, and it changes you forever. I believe everyone has that, don’t you? That one thing you saw as a kid that made you go, ‘Oh, okay. Now I know who I am.'”

Lady Gaga’s Bowie tribute was criticised by some viewers and critics, with Bowie’s own son Duncan Jones among those seemingly unimpressed.

Nile Rodgers, who helped produce the performance, defended Gaga, saying: “We did what we thought and still think was right in our short time slot”.