David Bowie's Influence At The 2016 Grammys

When David Bowie, the British singer known for his groundbreaking, androgynous style and unforgettable rock and roll, passed away in January, fans immediately went into mourning. Given his epic legacy and influence on the music industry, it was little surprise when it was announced that the 2016 Grammys would honor David Bowie with a performance by Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga, a longtime Bowie fan, took her commitment to honoring the artist seriously, even going as far as to get a tattoo of Bowie on her ribs a few days before the ceremony. And though she may have been the only celebrity to explicitly honor the musical legend on the red carpet, really, Bowie's presence was inescapable at the 2016 Grammys. Whether they meant to or not, lots of celebrities seemed to be channeling his extraterrestrial vibes.

Though it's tragic that the world has lost such a prolific and influential artist, it's somehow encouraging to see how far-ranging his influence has been. Bowie forever changed music, fashion, and culture, and his style can be seen everywhere once you start to look for it. So whether they meant to or not, these six celebrities were definitely channeling David Bowie at this year's Grammys.

1. Lady Gaga

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Since she was scheduled to perform a tribute to Bowie on the Grammys stage, it's no surprise that Lady Gaga went all-out for her idol. Lady Gaga's outfit was an explicit homage to Bowie, landing somewhere between his Ziggy Stardust days and the now-iconic cover of Aladdin Sane.

Between the bright red hair, electric blue eyeshadow, and custom Marc Jacobs blue silk coat with cosmic-inspired embroidery and embellishments, Gaga's look captures the excitement and drama that Bowie brought to every outfit.

2. Zendaya

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Bowie was all about gender-bending, and this tailored look from Zendaya is androgynous AF.

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She was giving major Bowie vibes with that mullet, which may have been one of the night's biggest statements. And Zendaya's ability to radically change her look and play with style from event to event, makes her a fashion chameleon, just like Bowie was.

3. Sam Hunt

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Sam Hunt was nominated for two Grammy Awards this year, and he performed at the ceremony with Carrie Underwood.

Though Hunt might be a country music star, the slim pink suit he wore on the red carpet was pure rock and roll, channeling 1980s David Bowie in his "Let's Dance" days.

4. Diplo

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Appearing on the red carpet with Skrillex, with whom he makes up the duo Jack Ü, Diplo wore a fairly classic navy suit, but the details are what amp up this look and make it more than just a well-tailored suit.

Between the off-center buttons on the blazer and the chic gold chain on the lapel, this suit would be right at home in Bowie's wardrobe. And with his cropped blonde hair, Diplo definitely has a bit of a Bowie vibe going on, even if he didn't mean to.

5. Nicole Trunfio


Australian model Nicole Trunfio appeared at the Grammys with her fiancé Gary Clark Jr., wearing this sparkling black and silver jumpsuit that looked like Bowie's already futuristic, oversized jumpsuit from the Ziggy Stardust-era.

Trunfio's outfit looks like a slimmed down, modern take on that iconic jumpsuit, and the oversized sleeves and bellbottom legs seem to be a play on the oversized proportions of the original.

6. Jidenna

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Producer Jidenna showed up on the 2016 Grammys red carpet with Janelle Monae wearing a bright blue, three-piece suit. Jidenna even matched his multicolored tie to his pocket square, in a very Bowie move.

The music industry might've lost a legend, but if this year's Grammys are any indication, we'll always be able to remember Bowie through his enduring influence on fashion and style.