On January 10, 2016 the world lost one of its true creative visionaries and boundary-breaking musicians, David Bowie. Since his passing, Bowie’s final studio album, “Blackstar” (released two days prior to his death), has been widely celebrated by fellow musicians, celebrities, critics and award shows alike.
Last night, the British music equivalent of the Grammys – the BRIT Awards – recognized Bowie’s “Blackstar” by prizing it with the Best British Album award. Bowie also posthumously won the Best British Male Solo Artist award.
“[David] always did what he wanted to do,” commented frequent Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti immediately following his friend’s death. “And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of art. He made ‘Blackstar’ for us, his parting gift.”
Accepting the Best British Album award on Bowie’s behalf was his film director son, Duncan Jones.
“I lost my dad last year, but I also became a dad,” said Jones during his speech. “I was spending a lot of time, after getting over the shock, trying to work out what I would want my son to know about his granddad.
“It would be the thing that most of his fans have taken over the last 50 years,” continued Jones. “He’s always been there supporting people who think they are a little bit weird or a little bit strange, a little bit different. He’s always been there for them. This award is for all the kooks, and all the people that make the kooks.”
As for the Best British Male Solo Artist award, actor Michael C. Hall (“Dexter,” “Six Feet Under”) accepted the trophy. An applauded thespian, Hall has also developed a reputation as someone beautifully capable of performing Bowie’s music.
You can watch Jones and Hall deliver their exemplary speeches below.