In a show that featured performances from Drake, Rihanna, and Adele, the highlight of Wednesday’s Brit awards went down when Lorde took the stage to pay tribute to Brixton’s very own David Bowie. Compared to the heavy theatrics in Lady Gaga’s Grammys tribute to the fallen icon, Lorde’s homage was decidedly low-key, in the best possible way. After a touching intro from Gary Oldman and Annie Lennox, Bowie’s original band took the stage and belted out the instrumental version of his greatest hits as a visual montage shot across the massive screens above. Then, the question on everybody’s mind: What song would Lorde perform?
When the opening chords of “Life on Mars” crackled through the building and Lorde walked onto the stage, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house (or so we’d like to think.). As Oldman pointed out, Bowie once called the 19-year-old singer “the future of music.” After watching her absolutely slay one of his greatest songs, we’d be hard-pressed to disagree.
Lorde’s tribute starts at the 2:24:28 mark. Watch above.