While Lady Gaga's performance at this year's GRAMMYs was filled with tech-savvy bells and whistles
, the Brit Awards went with a more stripped-down tribute to the music icon. Bowie's touring band members reunited for the first time in over 10 years to perform a medley, followed by Lorde singing the 1971 hit, "Life on Mars" (about 2:24:28 into video).
The tribute received a standing ovation, and the 19-year-old "Royals" singer was visibly emotional after her performance.
Prior to the tribute, Bowie's friend, Gary Oldman, got a bit choked up when he took the stage to accept an award on the singer's behalf. "David was funny -- hilariously so. The laughs were many and massive, and I should miss them. ...David faced his illness with enormous courage, dignity, and customary humor -- even in dire circumstances. When he wrote to tell me the bad news, that he had cancer, he added, 'The good news is I've got my cheekbones back,'" Oldman recalled. "He was the sweetest soul ever. David, you were mortal but your potential was superhuman and your remarkable music is living on. We love you and we thank you."
Bowie's son seemed pleased with the performance and the kind words said about his father. "Finally found the links to tonight's Brits," he wrote. "Just... beautiful. Thank you."
Jones' praise for the Brit Awards comes a few weeks after he posted a cryptic tweet following Gaga's GRAMMY tribute
to his father. "Overexcited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused.' Damn it! What IS that word!?" he wrote. His tweet quoting the Oxford English Dictionary definition of the word "gaga."