The night included performances from the likes of Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, who performed “Space Oddity,” Duran Duran who covered “Five Years,” a rousing performance of “Life On Mars” from YUNGBLUD, and The Cult’s Ian Astbury performing “Lazarus.” Bowie’s close friend Gary Oldman sang “I Can’t Read”, and Michael C. Hall, who starred in Bowie’s musical Lazarus, performed “Where Are We Now?”
The highlight of the evening was a pair of performances from Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. Reznor delivered one of the best vocal performances of his career during “Fantastic Voyage.” Reznor has always had a powerful voice, but here it really shines as he croons and sings rather than his trademark anguished screams. It shows how the rocker has evolved as a singer and that even 31 years into his career, he can still give you chills. Later, Reznor teamed up with his wife Mariqueen Maandig and fellow Nine Inch Nails member Atticus Ross for a funky cover of “Fashion.”
Other performers included Adam Lambert, Boy George, Taylor Momsen, Lzzy Hale, Peter Frampton, Perry Farrell, Gary Barlow, Anna Calvi, and Macy Gray. Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, and Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney teamed up to cover “Hang On to Yourself.” Hawkins, Navarro, and Chaney also offered a rendition of “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”.
Some of Bowie’s closest musical collaborators, including producing partner Tony Visconti, along with members of his final touring band, Mike Garson, Dorsey, Earl Slick, Sterling Campbell, Gerry Leonard, and Catherine Russell, also made appearences throughout the evening.
Revisit some of the evening’s highlights below.