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UK’s Brit Awards plan David Bowie tribute

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David Bowie will be honoured with a tribute at next month’s Brit Awards.

Brits chairman Max Lousada said the “extraordinary life and work” of the “visionary and ground-breaking” three-time award winner would be celebrated at the London ceremony on February 24.

“David Bowie was one of the most important and influential songwriters and performers ever and, like so many fans around the world, we’re devastated to hear of his loss,” Lousada said.

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“A visionary and ground-breaking pioneer, he has inspired generations of musicians and will continue to shape music for many years to come. Naturally, we wish to honour his extraordinary life and work at the forthcoming Brit Awards and pay a fitting tribute to one of our greatest icons.”

Bowie, who died of cancer on Sunday, was named Best British Male twice – in 1984 and 2014 – and received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music award in 1996.

His 2014 win made him the oldest recipient of a Brit in the show’s history, but he was noticeably absent from the ceremony, sending Kate Moss in an original Ziggy Stardust outfit to accept the trophy on his behalf.

Bowie’s death will also be marked by a memorial concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall on March 31.

The concert, titled The Music of David Bowie, was already arranged before the star’s death – but was originally intended as a tribute show.

The news comes as sales of his latest album doubled overnight, with Blackstar looking certain to hold on to the number one spot on Friday with just under 90,000 combined sales since its release on January 8 – Bowie’s 69th birthday.

Three retrospectives of his work and three original albums have all broken into the Top 40, including 2014’s Nothing Has Changed, which is on course to re-enter at number 7, and his 1969/1974 Best Of (released in 1997), which sits at 13.

A further seven albums have landed in the Top 100, while in the singles charts, nine of his tracks have achieved the feat, leading with 1977’s Heroes at 25.

Figures from global streaming service Spotify show there was a jump of 2,822 per cent in Bowie songs played in the hours following the announcement that he had died from cancer.

Tina Turner, former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger are among the artists who remembered him on Tuesday.

“His star will shine in the sky forever,” said Sir Paul.

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