Lady Gaga Grammy Performance 2016 – Tribute To David Bowie
For those of you who didn’t catch the 2016 Grammys, you missed out on a powerful tribute to our beloved and missed David Bowie. Lady Gaga’s Grammy performance was a colorful, energetic and emotional experience to say the least. For her, the grammy performance was very personal. Gaga posted an Instagram video of herself crying backstage as her Bowie makeup was being applied – who could blame her. If it wasn’t for the daring risk taking career of our beloved Bowie she may have never dreamt of taking on the personas she is infamously known for. She took us on a ride in the vast expanding and contracting Bowie universe covering all of the music icons top hits. The song of choice to launch us into the cosmos of Bowie was none other than “Space Oddity” with computer animated graphics projected on her face.
“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”
Unfortunately, not everyone took a liking to the Lady Gaga’s Grammy performance to David Bowie. There have been many negative posts on twitter calling it blasphemous and so forth. In defense of Gaga, I’d like for all the haters to ask themselves one thing, who in the world would be more qualified to honor bowie? There isn’t anyone in the world who could have done David Bowie better and it wasn’t a performance to be ridiculed but praised because after all, it is one artist paying tribute to a legend that changed her life. If we were to offer any critique it would be that the songs were cut too short – some songs only a couple verses were sang. We can’t blame the performance being abrupt on Lady Gaga or even the Grammys. The blame should be on US the people. We are so obsessed with the quick fix our attention span has shrunk to time shorter than a fish. If people were interested in media that had substance, heart, soul, and passion the artists wouldn’t have to cut corners. If the masses were not interested in cheap bubble gum pop music we would have more artists like Bowie emerging. Bowie had a message, he had substance, and more importantly he had a heart and a soul. He dared to stand up against the “man”. In an early interview Bowie questioned the MTV producers asking, “why the hell they don’t put black music on the TV?” The powers that be are interested in one thing – money. Which is a very evident in the spectacle that is the Grammys, and if we keep buying into the shallow throwaway Juicyfruit music with lyrics that have zero substance, than we will simply not progress. When we shout out and sing lyrics like “bitch better have my money” for example, what they kind of message are we putting out into the world? Instead of lyrics like “We can all be heroes, even just for one day”.