All The Big-Name Tributes To David Bowie

The world was shocked upon hearing that David Bowie had passed away after an 18-month battle with cancer on Sunday 10th January. Being a shape-shifting musician, fashion icon and star of countless films, admirers from those respective sectors and beyond paid their respects to the great man across social media. Here are a round up of some of the touching tributes to Ziggy Stardust.


Grace Jones

“He was a master of theatre within popular music. He will be missed.”

Alice Cooper in Concert – London

Alice Cooper

“The loss of David Bowie will be hard to swallow for everyone. He leaves behind a rich history of musical and cultural experimentation and invention that will rarely be seen again, if ever. He was one of a kind. The man that fell to Earth has gone back to the planet that he came from.”


Michael Stipe, R.E.M

“Right now, it feels as if the solar system is off it’s axis, as if one of our main planetary anchors has lost it’s orbit. That said—I am certain that wherever Bowie is now—I want to be there someday.”



Nile Rodgers

“Dearest David, ‪RIP‬ – Your life changed my life. LOVE FOREVER”


Marilyn Manson

“All of my nostalgia, instantly turned to awe. I was hearing him sing about fiction as a mask to show his naked soul. This changed my life forever. Every song of his was a way for me to communicate to others. It was a sedative. An arousal. A love letter I could never have written.”

Leather And McCartney

Paul McCartney

“His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I’m proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world. I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.”

“Artwork For Bosnia”, Celebrity Art Show In London, Brian Eno And David Bowie

Brian Eno

“David’s death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud.”



Tony Visconti

“His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made ‘Blackstar’ for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.”


Win Butler, Arcade Fire

“David Bowie was one of the band’s earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. I will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of my life.”


Liam Fray, Courteeners

“Inspiration. Risk taker. Sex icon. Rock and Roller. Mod. Sharp as. Funny as. Didn’t take shit. Wore capes.”


Eddie Izzard

“Very sad to hear about the death of David Bowie but through his music he will live forever”



Joseph Gordon-Levitt

“”But the key to the city is in the sun that pins the branches to the sky…” #DavidBowie”


Mark Ruffalo

“Rip Father of all us freaks. Sad sad day. Love always”



“Heartbroken. RIP David Bowie.”


St. Vincent




“can’t believe it. we will forever be inspired by/love u, bowie”


Louis Tomlinson

“RIP David Bowie. A music Legend !”


The Weeknd

“Rest in peace David Bowie”


Giorgio Moroder

“What a great loss… I was fortunate to work with a genius on “Cat People.”



“We love you and will love you forever… Such a shock #RIP”



“So lucky to have met you!!!! Hot Tramp I love you So!”


Sonic Youth

“The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.”



“R.I.P David Bowie.”


The National

“So sad to hear David Bowie has passed. Impossible to overstate his legacy and the influence he had on so many musicians including us.”

Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair Party – New York

Kanye West

“David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.”



“I realized I was proud of my spiky strangeness because he had been proud of his. And I know I’m never going to stop learning dances, brand new dances.
It’s not going to change, how we feel about him. For the rest of our lives, we’ll always be crashing in that same car. Thankyou, David Bowie.”


Iggy Pop

“David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is.”


Russell Crowe

“RIP David . I loved your music. I loved you. One of the greatest performance artists to have ever lived.”


The Rolling Stones

“The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original.”


Louis Theroux

“Comedian, chameleon, Corinthian, and caricature”. #ripBowie”


Kendrick Lamar

“What a honor, what a soul. David Bowie, Spirit of Gold. RIP.”


Kat Dennings

“David Bowie has been my musical north star my entire life. This hurts even more for people close to me. He will NEVER be surpassed, never.”


Gene Simmons, Kiss

“David Bowie, you will be sorely missed. Bowie’s “Changes” and the Ziggy story songs were a major influence for me.”


Diane Warren

“Whatever persona David Bowie took on, the songs were always GREAT”


David Guetta

“So sad to hear David Bowie passing. Original rebel artist & true icon. What a legacy u leave. RIP. ❤ & respects ”


David Cameron

“I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss.”


Annie Lennox

“Legendary immortal…Head bowed to you”