Last night at the BRIT Awards, Lorde surprised viewers everywhere by coming out during the David Bowie tribute to perform his Hunky Dory hit "Life on Mars." It's been over a month since singer-songwriter died and there's already been two major tributes at awards shows to honor the life of a rock and roll legend. At the Grammy's about a week ago, Lady Gaga crammed a medley of Bowie songs into a six-minute performance. And in true Lady Gaga form, it was complete with costume changes, extravagant lights and holograms.
Lorde's performance, however, was a bit more stripped-down, raw, and emotional. The tribute began with instrumental snippets and voice samples of his biggest hits performed by the backing band from his last live tour in 2003. "Rebel, Rebel," "Let's Dance," "Ziggy Stardust," and "Heroes" were some recognizable hits as a montage of Bowie clips played on the big screens. Lorde appeared on stage to deliver a powerful, theatrical performance of "Life on Mars."
Although she seemed understandably nervous in the beginning, she broke out during the first chorus and gave the song her own Lorde-flare. The 19-year-old used her hands in mime-like movements to portray the emotion behind the song - almost as if she was channeling her inner-Bowie. At the end of her performance, she was full of emotions as she soaked-in the impact that David Bowie has had on the world. Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, took to Twitter to give praise to Lorde's performance saying "Finally found the links to tonight's Brits. Just...Beautiful." Shortly after Bowie died, Lorde posted the story of when she met David Bowie and how he has influenced her life saying, "I realized everything I'd ever done, or would do from then on, would be done like maybe he was watching." And Lorde made sure she performed as if David Bowie was watching last night at the BRITs.