Grammys 2016: Lady Gaga to perform a David Bowie tribute at this year's ceremony

The late musician will receive a posthumous lifetime achievement award  

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The Grammy Awards will commemorate the passing of music legend David Bowie with a special performance from Lady Gaga.

The tribute will coincide with the musician's posthumous lifetime achievement award which he will receive at next month's ceremony.

The organisers have revealed that they decided to induct Gaga into their planned tribute, described as 'experimental', almost immediately.

"We had already booked Lady Gaga on this year's show, but when David passed, almost in a single moment, we knew we had to change direction," said executive producer Ken Ehrlich. 

"We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honour David; she's perfect for it."

In the past, Lady Gaga has made no secret about the influence Bowie has had upon her career. In a Hollywood Reporter podcast conducted days before his death, Gaga said: "When I fell in love with David Bowie... I always felt that his glamour was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls.

"He is a true, true artist and I don't know if I ever went 'Oh, I'm going to be that way like this,' or if I arrived upon it slowly, realising it was my calling."  

Nile Rodgers - the frontman of Chic who worked with Bowie on his 1983 record Let's Dance - will choreograph the performance.

Bowie - who has matched a chart record with Elvis Presley following the release of new album Blackstar - will also be honoured at this year's Brit Awards on 24 February. 

The Grammy Awards take place in LA on 15 February.