Last night at the Brit Awards may have belonged to Adele, but the ceremony gave ample time to honoring the legacy of the recently passed icon David Bowie. Friends Annie Lennox and Gary Oldman gave stirring speeches, which you can watch below.
“In recent years David sparingly spoke about music and his process; but in one of these rare instances, he graciously and elegantly expounded,” Oldman said.
“‘Music has given me over 40 years of extraordinary experiences. I can’t say that life’s pains or more tragic episodes have been diminished because of it, but it has allowed me so many moments of companionship when I have been lonely and a sublime means of communications when I have wanted to touch people. It has been both my doorway of perception and the house that I live in.’
“Over his career, David challenged and changed our understanding of the medium, whether in music or in life, he emphasised originality, experimentation, exploration, and in his very unique way, he also reminded us to never take ourselves too seriously.”
But the emotional highlight of the evening came in the form of a tribute from Bowie’s band, who ripped through bits of his biggest hits, before ceding the spotlight to Lorde, who breathed haunting life into “Life On Mars.”