David Bowie’s Big Grammy Night Prompts Tribute from Son Duncan Jones
David Bowie didn't have a lot of Grammy luck during his lifetime, but his fortunes changed in a big way last night (Feb. 12), when his final album, Blackstar, took home all five awards for which it had been nominated.
Undoubtedly one of the night's major winners, Bowie posthumously took home the year's Grammys for Best Recording Package, Engineered Album – Non-Classical, Alternative Music Album, Rock Performance, and Rock Song. Prior to Blackstar's wins, Bowie had only won one Grammy — a 1985 nod for Best Short-Form Video. As engineer Kevin Killen argued to USA Today after the ceremony, it was a case of better late than never.
"This is his first music Grammy of any of his projects, so it's kind of shocking," said Killen, noting that Bowie's "amazing presence in the business" added up to a puzzling lack of recognition from the Academy. "But these things happen and I'm sure most of us that work in the business don't necessarily think about getting awards. It's just about the joy of making music and I'm sure it was for him, too."
Bowie's latest release, the posthumous EP No Plan, is scheduled to arrive on CD Feb. 24, with separate vinyl editions arriving in April and May.
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