Brit Awards Promises 'Fitting Tribute' to David Bowie

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David Bowie performs on stage on the 'Serious Moonlight' tour, Milton Keynes Bowl, United Kingdom in July 1983. 

David Bowie’s career will be celebrated at next months’ Brit Awards with a “very special tribute,” organizers have announced.

“David Bowie was one of the most important and influential songwriters and performers ever and, like so many fans around the world, we’re devastated to hear of his loss," noted Max Lousada, chairman of the Brit Awards, in a statement. "Visionary and ground-breaking pioneer, he has inspired generations of musicians and will continue to shape music for many years to come. Naturally, we wish to honor his extraordinary life and work at the forthcoming Brit Awards and pay a fitting tribute to one of our greatest icons."

Bowie died on Jan. 10 after an 18-month battle with cancer. He'd release what turned out to be his final album, Blackstar, just two days earlier. 

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Bowie was a three-time career Brit Awards winner. He collected the honor for Outstanding Contribution to British Music in 1996 and was named best British male solo artist twice, in 1984 and in 2014 when he became the oldest recipient of the award in the gala’s history. He also performed at the ceremony in 1999 (alongside Placebo) and in 1996 (with the Pet Shop Boys).

The 2016 Brits Awards will take place Feb. 24 at London’s O2 Arena.

Justin Bieber and Coldplay will join Adele as performers at this year’s Brit Awards, nominations for which will be announced Thursday (Jan. 14).