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The Brits Bowie tribute was absolutely perfect – and better than the Grammys

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It's not often we get to say that the Brits outdo the Grammys, but they nailed it with their tribute to David Bowie.

Rumours of a host of collaborators proved to be false, as a simple-yet-stunning combination of Bowie's old backing band and Lorde - introduced by Gary Oldman, who accepted the Icon Award on behalf of Bowie's family - stole the show at the awards ceremony by a country mile.

Annie Lennox first made a speech, saying, "There was no one, and nothing, else like him. He was truly unique. His legacy is his extraordinary sound and vision, which is loved and revered for as long as the earth still spins."

Beginning with just the band, they ran through snapshots of his most famous hits including Fame, Let's Dance and Under Pressure, before settling on the intro to Life On Mars, which saw Lorde stride into view in Bowie-style clothing before singing the whole track beautifully.

While we thought Gaga's Grammys tribute, assisted by collaborator Nile Rodgers, had its own manic quality - she was definitely sincere in her love of the Starman too - this one seemed virtually perfect. Well done everyone.

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ShortList.com staff writer Dave’s primary passions are pop, prose, punning and power ballads (and alliteration). A lower division football enthusiast and long-suffering cricket fan, he is one of only 110 people followed on Twitter by Chas Hodges from Chas ‘n’ Dave. Follow Dave on Twitter like Chas: @davefawbert

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