Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich said in an interview with the New York Times that Lady Gaga had already been booked to perform at the Grammys prior to Bowie’s death, and as the tribute came together, it made sense for Gaga — who Bowie clearly influenced — to perform it solo.
The performance will not open the show, per Ehrlich, but will last six or seven minutes and cover “at least three or four” Bowie tunes. It “is going to be a true homage to who David was, particularly musically, but not ignoring his influence on fashion and pop culture in a broader way,” Ehrlich told the Times. (A rep for Gaga did not immediately reply to Billboard‘s request for confirmation.)
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter conducted prior to Bowie’s death, Gaga spoke of her fondness for all things David Bowie. “”When I fell in love with David Bowie, when I was living on the Lower East Side, I always felt that his glamor was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls,” she recalled to THR‘s Scott Feinberg. “He is a true, true artist and I don’t know if I ever went, ‘Oh, I’m going to be that way like this,’ or if I arrived upon it slowly, realizing it was my calling and that’s what drew me to him.”
The Grammys air live on CBS February 15.