By Meredith Lepore
Feb 02, 2016 @ 10:15 am
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There are always special tributes at the Grammy Awards, but this year's will be especially poignant as the world just lost a great artist last month with the death of David Bowie. It is fitting then that Lady Gaga, a lifelong Bowie fan, will be taking the stage for an "experimental tribute" to the iconic artist.

"We had already booked Lady Gaga on this year's show, but when David passed– almost in a single moment–​we knew we had to change direction," said Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich in a statement. "We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honor David. She's perfect for it." Gaga is also nominated for a Grammy this year for Best Song Written for Visual Media for "Til It Happens To You" with Diane Warren.

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Gaga's performance will follow Bowie's posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award during the awards show. Nile Rodgers, who worked with Bowie on his 1983 album, Let's Dance, will direct Gaga in the tribute.

After Bowie's death on Jan. 10, Gaga posted a vintage picture of him on her Instagram account.

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Other performers at this year's Grammys include Adele, Ellie Goulding, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, Carrie Underwood, and The Weeknd. The 58th annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center on Feb. 15.