Lorde said she was “nervous in the wings” before going on stage, especially since another powerful singer had given a tribute performance to David Bowie but ended up being criticised for it. However, once on stage, Lorde, didn’t let her nerves get the better of her and gave a heartfelt tribute to the iconic David Bowie. Her tribute performance at the Brit Awards 2016 at O2 in London got her praise from every corner including Duncan Jones, David Bowie’s son.
According to E!News, Jones, who is Bowie’s only son, took to the social media to comment on the awards show as well as Lorde’s celebration of his beloved father. “Finally found the links to tonight’s Brits. Just … beautiful. Thank you,” he tweeted.
However, Duncan Jones is not the only one who has been praising the singer’s tribute to Bowie. Twitter is flooded with appreciation.
Lorde’s performance was preceded by touching speeches given by singer Annie Lenox and friend Gary Oldman. Oldman accepted the Brit Icon trophy on behalf of Bowies’ family. The honour was awarded posthumously to Bowie. In the course of his acceptance speech, Oldman said that Bowie thought Lorde was the future of music. Refinery 29 believes that it was a full-circle moment when Lorde appeared on stage to sing Bowie’s song, “Life on Mars.”
In an interview with Rookie, the Kiwi recalled her interaction with the legend. “Meeting David Bowie was like that. To have someone like that tell you that listening to you felt like listening to tomorrow. (Whoa, my life has come full circle moment),” Lorde said.
“I was like … I could creatively die and just be happy forever. I never tell anyone about that experience, because it meant so much to me. Oh, I mean, it’s OK. It was super cute, though—for some reason we were holding hands and just staring into each other’s eyes and talking, and I was like, ‘This is David Bowie’s hand, what am I doing?’ It was insane. A beautiful moment,” she added.
Check the video for Lorde’s performance.