Thursday, January 21, 2016
Mick Jagger & Elton to Honor David Bowie at BRIT Awards
The annual event will dedicate a segment to the glam rock star following his tragic death last Sunday.
The likes of Mick Jagger, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John are said to be among the names invited to play in the tribute.
David - who died aged 69 after a secret 18-month battle with cancer - released his critically acclaimed album Blackstar just days before he passed away.
Chairman of The Brit Awards Max Lousada said the "extraordinary life and work [of] one of our greatest icons" would be honoured at the show, held at London's O2 arena.
He said: "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.
"A 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 honour his extraordinary life and work at the forthcoming Brit Awards and pay a fitting tribute to one of our greatest icons."
A memorial concert has also been planned in David's honour in New York's Carnegie Hall in March.
Originally the event was a tribute to the Ziggy Stardust creator, but has now been changed to a memorial.
The memorial concert will see Bowie's former producer Tony Visconti's house band perform, alongside a number of other musicians.
A statement on the concert organiser's website said: "The show is taking on many more emotions. RIP David."
"The unexpected death of David Bowie has turned this tribute, which we have worked on for the past seven months, into a memorial concert," the message read.
Tickets only went on sale on Monday, just as news of Bowie's death broke, and unsurprisingly the concert has already sold out.
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