David Bowie to Be Saluted at the Brit Awards; Sirius/XM Bringing Back Bowie Channel

by Music-News.com Newsdesk and VVN Music

David Bowie will be the subject of a major tribute at the Brit Awards next month.

Brits chairman Max Lousada has confirmed the rock icon's "extraordinary life and work" will be honoured at the ceremony, which is set for London's O2 Arena on February 24.

Bowie became the oldest recipient of a Brit Award when he picked up the Best British Male honor at the 2014 event.

A memorial concert, which had initially been organised as a tribute show, is also being planned for New York's Carnegie Hall in March. Bowie lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, at age 69, and immediately sparked a flurry of tributes from his musical peers, including Boy George, Marilyn Manson, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.

Former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox also paid her respects to the star on her Facebook page on Monday.

"Like a gazillion other people, I feel stunned by the news that David Bowie has departed this earth," she began. "At the loss of someone who has impacted and influenced your life, you can hardly begin to measure the shape of what’s left behind. Our personal and collective inner landscape has shifted and we're trying to come to terms with it."

Lennox went on to share her thoughts on Bowie's last album, Blackstar, which was released just two days before his death on his 69th birthday. "No one exists forever and it seems our elegant gentleman was well aware that his last mortal chapter was about to reach its conclusion," she continued. "Blackstar was his parting gift. Provocative and nightmarishly 'otherworldly'… we are jolted towards the twilight realms of epileptic seizures and voodoo scarecrows."

The 61-year-old finished her post with a moving poem, writing: "The bejewelled remains of Major Tom lie dormant in a dust coated space suit…It leaves me breathless. You must see it to believe it…He knew…He could see through it all."

Sirius/XM has also announced that they will launch a David Bowie channel to pay tribute to and commemorate the life and music of the innovative music pioneer.

The exclusive, limited-run channel, which originally aired in 2013, will feature music from the vast body of artistry from Bowie's entire career, from his earliest recordings through his most recent releases, as well as rare tracks and demo versions of some of Bowie's greatest songs.

"We are fans of his music and admirers of his talent, and so it is with great sadness that we mark his passing. Since his death, many of our channels have been playing music from his legendary career. Now we'd like to present an entire channel devoted to his artistic genius and extraordinary musical longevity," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM.

The David Bowie Channel will launched today (January 12) and will run through Monday, January 18 via satellite on SiriusXM's The Loft, channel 30. The David Bowie Channel will also be available online and through the SiriusXM app.

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