Lady Gaga will be paying tribute to the late David Bowie at the 58th Grammy Awards, on Monday 15th February, Ken Erlich - producer of the award show since the 1980s - confirmed today.
In an interview with JustJared, he revealed that Lady Gaga had already been booked to perform that night as part of her collaboration with Intel - who are still an integral part of the upcoming tribute - but as he learnt of Bowie's tragic death, his mind could only image one person doing him the justice he deserves: Gaga.
He contacting Gaga and her manager Bobby Campbell about the tribute performance soon after the sad news came, but over the next week, many other performers and their teams who wanted to tribute Bowie contacted him and though out of those artists "some of whom might of sense, the vast majority didn't," and instead he decided that Gaga should perform on her own to tribute the Thin White Duke himself. Nile Rodgers, friend of Gaga and collaborator of Bowie (he produced his 1983 album Let's Dance) will helm the production of the performance.
It has been confirmed that while she will not open music's most prestigious event, it will last for around six - seven minutes, and cover at least three or four songs. Ehrlich confirmed that he is sure the performance, "is going to be a true homage to who David was, particularly musically, but not ignoring his influence on fashion and pop culture in a broader way." This seems fitting as there is no one in the current crop of popular artists that David Bowie has inspired more than Lady Gaga.
Intel has been teasing the performance, which is to be the first of a multi-year spanning partnership between Intel and The Recording Academy, with several tweets, calling the upcoming tribute an 'Intel tech infused Lady Gaga moment' on their Twitter account (@intel) on Tuesday, 2nd February.
The 58th Grammy Awards airs at 8pm EST/5pm PST on CBS on Monday 15th February.