Lady Gaga is leaving jazz duets with Tony Bennett behind for the time being: she will honor David Bowie at the 58th annual Grammy Awards with what a press release describes as "a multisensory testament to the icon's incredible artistry and a reflection of his limitless creativity."
Ken Ehrlich, the executive producer of the Grammys, explained how the tribute came about in a statement. "We immediately spoke [after Bowie's death] and agreed that she should be the one to honor David. She's perfect for it. So I reached out to Nile [Rodgers] and, before long, we were on our way to creating what we believe will not only make a great Grammy Moment, but one befitting of David."
Rodgers worked with Bowie on two albums, Let's Dance and Black Tie White Noise. Reflecting on his collaborator's death recently, Rodgers described him as "the Picasso of rock’n’roll" and "a very special man."