The late David Bowie (who passed away earlier this year) didn’t win the top gong at last night’s 2016 Mercury Prize ceremony despite a posthumous nomination, but the legendary singer-songwriter was commemorated in a different way by Dexter actor Michael C Hall.
Hall took the stage backed by a full band to perform Bowie’s song Lazarus, taken from the Blackstar album released by the artist two days before his death in January, and the pitch-perfect performance (which included footage of Bowie from the Lazarus music video) was an emotional highlight of the evening that you can watch below.
Hall has some experience imitating Bowie, having starred in the US musical the star worked on in his final years (also called Lazarus, due to transfer to London’s West End with Hall still in the leading role), and his performance attracted plaudits from fans on social media.
Speaking to press, Hall said: “I have just so much gratitude to be asked to do this.
“It’s an amazing room, an amazing city to be in, considering it’s where he came from, the space where he did his final Ziggy Stardust performance.
“It’s a very heady thing and beyond anything I ever anticipated when I signed up to do this musical Lazarus.
“It is among, and will certainly remain among, the highlights of not just my career but my life.”
Other nominees for the Mercury Prize also paid tribute to Bowie, with eventual winner Skepta shouting “Rest in peace David Bowie!” while collecting the award.
Grime artist and fellow nominee Kano said: “Someone like him has achieved so much and done so much for music.
“Everyone else in this category can only aspire to do half as much as he did.”