David Bowie passed away last year but the iconic musician won several awards in the Grammys 2017. Yes, there is simply no way to forget him.
After suffering from liver cancer for 18 months, Bowie passed away on Jan. 10, 2016. His illness was not known by the public, except for several close friends and family. The whole world was shocked at his death, which happened two days after his 69th birthday.
Grammys 2017: Awards Show Honors David Bowie’s Blackstar
Just before his death, David Bowie released an album called Blackstar. The album was recorded in secret and Tony Visconti, the producer, claimed that it was Bowie’s “parting gift” for his fans.
“He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year that this will happen. I just wasn’t prepared for it,” Visconti said.
At the Grammys 2017, Blackstar won several awards. It snagged the categories Best Alternative Music Album, Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, and Best Rock Performance for the title track. It is also important to note that these are Bowie’s very first musical Grammy awards. Back in 1985, Bowie received the Best Video, Short Form award for his Jazzin’ for Blue Jean. He also got the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. These were the only Grammy awards Bowie got in his whole life.
With the five-sweep category, David Bowie is one of the biggest winners in the prestigious awards show that night, along with Adele and Beyonce.
David Bowie: A Legend Now And Forever
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) February 13, 2017
After the legendary star won all five categories in the Grammys 2017, his son, Duncan Jones, tweeted how proud he was of his father. The post included a picture of Duncan with Bowie with the caption: “So proud of you dad! Would hold you up forever.”
In addition to the mentioned five categories, Blackstar won Best Recording Package. The award went to Jonathan Barnbrook, the one who designed the album.
Andrew Bird’s Are You Serious, Bonnie Raitt’s Dig In Deep, Prince’s HITRUN Phase Two, and Sarah Jarosz’ Undercurrent were also nominated for Best Engineered Album. Blackstar also defeated songs by Twenty One Pilots, Beyonce and Jack White, Alabama Snakes, and Disturbed.
In addition to the Grammy Awards, Bowie has numerous BRIT Awards, MTV Music Video Awards, and NME Awards. In the span of his career, David Bowie has a total of 25 awards and 63 nominations.
— Robb Band of Badgers (@roberto_baggins) February 1, 2017