As we know, Lady Gaga perfromed a tribute to David Bowie recently at the Grammys. Now, she has spoken at length about Bowie’s influence on her and her musical career.
She discussed Bowie’s influence, and the tribute itself, with NPR: “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. 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.”
“The moment that I saw the Aladdin Sane cover for the first time, 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.”
“I guess what I’m trying to tell you is, my friends and I in New York, we’ve lived a lifestyle of total immersion in music, fashion, art and technology since we were kids — and this is because of him. I just would never be here, or have the philosophy that I have, if I didn’t have someone to look up to that you know blew my mind so intensely.”
“You know the way that Nile Rodgers talks about Coltrane, and the way that Coltrane makes him think about jazz? That’s how David Bowie is for me. You meet or see a musician that has something that is of another planet, of another time, and it changes you forever. I believe everyone has that, don’t you? That one thing you saw as a kid that made you go, ‘Oh, okay. Now I know who I am.'”
Lady Gaga’s tribute seemed to get some pretty mixed responses, and some even criticised her and Intel for running an ad after the performance. I won’t go into why I disagree with their criticism in this article, but if you want to read it, go here.