The performance featured 19-year-old singer Lorde who was roundly praised by viewers at home for her rendition of "Life on Mars".
She was accompanied by a band playing samples of the glam rock singer’s greatest hits, which was led by pianist Mark Garson who worked with Bowie for over 30 years. Other members of Bowie’s band featured in the set such as bassist Gail Ann Dorsey, drummer Sterling Campbell and Earl Slick and Gerry Leonard on guitar.
The tribute also included words by Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman, who accepted a posthumous Icon award on behalf of the singer who passed away following an illness with cancer in January.
Oldman, an old friend of Bowie, told the crowd: “I can share with you that David faced his illness with enormous courage, dignity, grace and customary humour.
“Even in dire circumstances, when he wrote to tell me the bad news he had cancer, he added, ‘The good news is I’ve got cheekbones back.’ He was the sweetest soul ever with the best cheekbones, until it was done.
“David you were mortal but your potential was superhuman and your remarkable music is living on. We love you and we thank you.”
Bowie’s son, film director Jones shared his sentiments on Twitter following the performance and speeches:
Garson was clearly touched by Jones’ compliment and thanked him, adding that Lorde had a huge amount of respectfulness for Bowie.
Jones’ tweet differed substantially from what he tweeted soon after Lady Gaga paid homage to Bowie at the Grammy awards earlier this month.Reuse content