Last night’s 2016 Grammy Awards featured a number of memorable, performances, but none of them attracted as much social media attention as Lady Gaga’s.
Gaga paid tribute to the late David Bowie with a medley of the rock icon’s best-known hits.
It was a natural fit, as Gaga and Bowie both managed to find tremendous mainstream success by blending pop music, fashion, and performance art to form genre- (and gender-) bending personas that were unlike anything that came before them.
Gaga even showed her respect for the Thin White Duke by getting a tattoo of Bowie’s face from the cover of his Aladdin Sane album the day before her performance.
Unfortunately for Gaga, not everyone agreed that she was the ideal choice to honor one of the most influential cultural figures of the past 40 years.
Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, director of the acclaimed 2009 film Moon and the upcoming Warcraft tweeted about his distaste for Gaga’s performance shortly after her over-the-top mash-up gave way to a tie-in commercial for Intel.
"’Overexcited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused.’" Damn it! What IS that word!?" Jones tweeted.
We’ll spare you the trip to Dictionary.com – the word is "gaga," a term that Jones seems to feel is synonymous with vanity projects disguised as loving memorials.