The pop star has credited Bowie with being a major influence on her music and persona
According to a statement released by CBS, “the tribute will be a multi-sensory testament to the superstar’s incredible artistry and a reflection of his limitless creativity.”
The awards show’s executive producer Ken Ehrlich said: “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. She’s perfect for it.”
“When I fell in love with David Bowie, when I was living on the Lower East Side, I always felt that his glamour was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls,” she said. “He is a true, true artist and I don’t know if I ever went, ‘Oh, I’m going to be that way like this,’ or if I arrived upon it slowly, realizing it was my calling and that’s what drew me to him.”
This will be the fourth Grammy performance for Gaga, who is nominated at this year’s event for “Til It Happens to You,” the song she co-wrote with Diane Warren for the 2015 documentary The Hunting Ground.
The GrammyAwards will air live on CBS (8 p.m. ET) on Feb. 15.