The 29-year-old pop star channeled the late singer by wearing an orange wig, a leotard, a bedazzled Marc Jacobs blazer and platform heels, a nod to Bowie's Ziggy Stardust era. Prior to her arrival at L.A.'s Staples Center, Gaga shared two Snapchat videos of herself crying in the makeup chair while listening to Bowie's "Backstar" and "Church." On Saturday, Gaga commissioned celebrity tattoo artist Mark Mahoney to ink Bowie's likeness (from his Aladdin Sane album cover) on the left side of her torso. She Snapchatted the inking, captioning one shot, "This was the image that changed my life," and in another, "Hail Mary full of grace Saint Bowie."
Gaga will sing some of Bowie's biggest hits later tonight.
At the Recording Academy and Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala Sunday night, E! News' Marc Malkin got intel on Gaga's performance from Neil Portnoy, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. "She will take us through quite a bit of history of David Bowie's repertoire. It's one of the longest, larger segments of the night," Portnoy said. "There's some very exciting brand new technology that's never been seen on television that will be a part of the segment."
As if Gaga would settle for anything less.