David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, has weighed in on Lady Gaga's Grammy tribute to his late father, and it doesn't seem like he loved the performance as much as we did. On February 15th he posted the following Tweet, defining the word "gaga" in a less than flattering manner:
"overexcited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused." Damn it! What IS that word!?
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) February 16, 2016
Lady Gaga's tribute performance was no "off the cuff" undertaking for her. She worked with David Bowie producer Nile Rodgers and Intel to create a high-tech performance that was shrouded in secrecy until showtime. It is clear that Lady Gaga put the time and effort in to pay homage to the late Bowie in a way she felt was true to the spirit of his career. The nine song montage highlighted some of his biggest hits and most iconic personas. There were mixed reviews in the media about the performance, but for Duncan Jones it was apparently off the mark. He has made no further comment on the issue so, while it is clear he was not wowed, what is not clear is why.
Some have called her tribute performance "Astonishing" (Rolling Stone), some "Ambitiously Confusing" (New York Times). Lady Gaga has even taken some heat for the "behind the scenes" short film highlighting her work with Intel. She has been accused of using the performance as marketing gimmick for the company. Lady Gaga has long been a fan of Bowie. She has paid homage to him in the liner notes of her album The Fame and most recently has been seen rocking a tattoo of Bowie on her rib cage:
In case you missed the performance, the video is below. Love it or hate it, Lady Gaga delivers a performance that had triggered a myriad of reactions among Bowie's fan base.