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Lady Gaga: “I feel like my whole career is a tribute to David Bowie”

on February 21, 2016, 7:43pm

Following her David Bowie tribute performance at the Grammys, Lady Gaga spoke at length about The Thin White Duke and his influence in an interview with NPR.

Gaga explained that her infatuation with Bowie began when she first saw the cover art for Aladdin Sane. “I was 19 years old, and it just changed my perspective on everything, forever. It was an image that changed my life. I remember I took the vinyl record out of the casing and I put it on my vinyl player — which was on my stovetop in my kitchen, because I was living in this really tiny apartment and I had my turntable on my stove. ‘Watch That Man’ came on and, I mean, that was just the beginning of my artistic birth. I started to dress more expressively. I started to go to the library and look through more art books. I took an art history class. I was playing with a band.”

Asked to assess her Grammy performance now that it’s over, Gaga responded, “How do I feel now that it’s over? I mean, I feel like my whole career is a tribute to David Bowie.”

“It’s still going,” Gaga added. “I’ve been watching his videos all day long, and also listening to ★ (Blackstar), his last album, which is a truly incredible piece of music. It’s one of the single greatest things an artist has ever done: making a masterpiece album that is their own eulogy. Can you imagine? To go into the studio every day and put your heart in that place, where you are saying goodbye to life? I mean, his art made him strong.”

Below, revisit Gaga’s Grammys tribute. We thought it was great; Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, thought otherwise.