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Lady Gaga Will Perform a Musical Tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys

Gaga was already booked, but after Bowie's passing, plans changed

Liam Mathews

David Bowie only won one Grammy before his death on Jan. 10 (Best Video, Short Form in 1985 for "Jazzin' for Blue Jean"), but he did receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy, and he will receive a musical tribute at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards from one of his acolytes, Lady Gaga.

Gaga will perform an "experiential tribute" to Bowie's life and career, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday. The musical director for the performance will be Bowie's friend and collaborator Nile Rodgers.

The tribute will be Lady Gaga's fourth time appearing at the awards show. She is nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media for her song from The Hunting Ground, "Til It Happens to You," which is also up for an Oscar.

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"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. We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honor David," Grammy Awards executive producer Ken Ehrlich said in a statement. "She's perfect for it. So I reached out to Nile and, before long, we were on our way to creating what we believe will not only make a great Grammy Moment, but one fitting of David."

Lady Gaga will join previously announced performers Adele, James Bay, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd at the LL Cool J-hosted show. More performers will be announced at a later date.

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will air Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on CBS.

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