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David Bowie Gets Multiple GRAMMY Nominations for Final Album 'Blackstar'

by Jackie Willis 8:05 AM PST, December 06, 2016
Playing David Bowie Gets Multiple GRAMMY Nominations for Final Album 'Blackstar'

David Bowie's legacy will live on at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The late singer's 25th and final studio album, Blackstar, which was released two days prior to his death in January, has garnered several nominations, including Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. As for the song, "Blackstar," it is up for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.

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Prior to these nominations, Bowie had been up for a GRAMMY 12 times during the course of his career, and won the Best Video, Short Form award in 1985 for "Jazzin' for Blue Jean," and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

Following his death, Blackstar became Bowie's only album to top the Billboard 200 in the U.S., and remained in the number one spot on the U.K. charts for three weeks, only to fall to number two behind his 2002 compilation album, Best of Bowie. Blackstar was also nominated for Top Rock Album at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards in May, but lost out to Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots.

Some fans and music critics believe that Bowie's final album foreshadowed his death after a long battle with liver cancer. "They call certain cancerous lesions black stars, so there's a chance that the title of the album was a hint that he was dying," Rolling Stone magazine editor, Andy Greene, told ET. "In 'Lazarus,' he's in an actual hospital bed, so it seems to be, when you look at all this in hindsight, it's clear it's meticulously planned final statement album of a man who knew he was dying."

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At last year's GRAMMYs, Lady Gaga paid tribute to the 69-year-old music icon along with his longtime friend, musical director Nile Rodgers. The performance was a mashup of Bowie's hits, including "Spade Oddity," "Changes," "Ziggy Stardust," "Suffragette City," "Rebel Rebel," "Fashion," "Fame," the bass lick of "Under Pressure," "Let's Dance," and "Heroes."

Check out the tribute below.

The 2017 GRAMMYs will air live on CBS on Feb. 12.

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