Annie Lennox presented the BRITs' Icon Award to the late Bowie, who passed away on January 10, with a speech in which she called him "a quintessential visionary" and "the ultimate iconoclast."
She presented the award to Bowie's friend and actor Gary Oldman, who honored Bowie with a very personal speech: "I can share with you that David faced his illness with enormous dignity, and grace, and customary humor. Even in dire circumstances." Oldman revealed that when Bowie told him of his terminal illness, he wrote: "'The good news is, I've got my cheekbones back.' He was the sweetest soul ever, with the best cheekbones, until it was done. David, you were mortal, but your potential was superhuman, and your remarkable music is living on. We love you and we thank you."