Late icon receives special posthumous honour at London ceremony
The New Zealand singer sang ‘Life On Mars’ with the late icon’s backing band. Bowie was honoured with a posthumous Brit Award.
Eurthymics singer Annie Lennox made a brief speech in tribute to Bowie before actor Gary Oldman accepted the award in his honour.
Lennox said: “There was no one, and nothing, else like him. He was truly unique. His legacy is his extraordinary sound and vision, which is loved and revered for as long as the earth still spins.”
Oldman added: “He was the very definition, the living embodiment of that singular word – icon.”
He described Bowie as “an artist of transcendent talent”, adding: “We love you, and we thank you.”
A medley of Bowie’s songs were then played out to the crowd, including ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘Ashes To Ashes’, ‘Rebel Rebel’ and ‘Fame’ before Lorde sang ‘Life On Mars’.
Earlier, Adele also picked up four awards including Mastercard British Album Of The Year and she publicily backed Kesha.
After receiving her British Female Solo Artist trophy at the ceremony, held at London’s O2 Arena, she thanked the other ladies in her category, before adding: “I’d like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha.
Coldplay also won best British Group and Bjork won best International Female Solo Artist.
Live performances came from Justin Bieber and James Bay, Adele, Coldplay and Rihanna and Drake.