Taking the Staples Center stage in a flaming red wig and a flashy ensemble, Gaga belted out a medley of the late icon’s hits with legendary guitarist and Bowie collaborator Nile Rodgers, wailing her way through “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Suffragette City,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fashion,” “Fame” and “Let’s Dance” before closing the electric set with the triumphant “Heroes.”
True to form, the 29-year-old superstar’s tribute to her avant-garde forefather was filled with energy, emotion – and a costume change, for good measure.
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Mid-performance, Gaga tore off her over-sized cape, revealing an androgynous, Swarovski crystal-embellished pantsuit and peach boa custom-made by Marc Jacobs, paired with menswear-inspired Stuart Weitzman dress shoes.
“The world loves you David,” Gaga captioned a video of her getting glammed up while tearing up listening to Bowie’s new song “Blackstar” ahead of her performance.
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Following the gender-bending musician‘s death from cancer at the age of 69 on Jan. 10, fan tributes abounded across the world as Bowie’s family – including Iman, his wife of nearly 24 years, son Duncan and daughter Alexandria – privately mourned their loss.
Gearing up for the performance, Gaga actually got a large tattoo of Bowie’s face over the weekend.
“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,” the Grammy winner told The Hollywood Reporter of Bowie’s influence on her creativity and career shortly before his death.
“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,” she added at the time.