David Bowie Scoops Four Grammy Awards For His Final Album ‘Blackstar’
The Grammys 2017 took place at the Staples Center in L.A on Sunday, February 12, and the late Bowie sure made his mark on the night, scooping up four posthumous awards at the event.
David sadly passed away just over a year ago in January 2016 after losing his battle with cancer at the age of 69.
Releasing his final album Blackstar just days before he died, Bowie was recognised last night for the great work he left behind for all his life long fans.
Donny McCaslin, a musician who worked on the poignant album with Bowie, has spoken out and said he believes the late music icon should have been recognised in the major categories at this year’s Grammys.
Talking to press on the night, McCaslin said, ‘speaking artistically it was clear he should have been nominated in one if not more of the major categories.’
His close friend and co-worker felt as though it was a shame Bowie wasn’t chosen as a contender for the Album, Record or Song of the Year.
However, Donny did admit how much it meant to him to accept the posthumous awards on Bowie’s behalf, describing it as an ‘honour and privilege’.
He went on to say, ‘working with him on Blackstar introduced me to an artistic genius, a kind man and a funny as hell guy.’
The Ziggy Stardust singer claimed victory in the Best Rock Song for single ‘Blackstar’, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Performance and Best Engineered Non-Classical Album for his final record before his untimely death.
Artist Jonathan Barnbrook, who did the artwork on the record, also took home the award for Best Recording Package for his work on Blackstar.
Bowie had previously won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2006 Grammys event, but besides that win ten years ago, these were the first Grammys awarded to him for his musical talent.
The producer of Blackstar, Kevin Killen said backstage at the star studded event – ‘It’s kind of startling it’s taken that long for an artist who’s been so magnificent throughout his whole career.’