Brit Awards hon­our Bowie, Michael

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS / ENTERTAINMENT - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Brit Awards rec­og­nized big in­ter­na­tional stars in­clud­ing Drake and Bey­once and a cross­sec­tion of home-grown tal­ent Wed­nes­day - but the cer­e­mony was over­shad­owed by the much­missed David Bowie and Ge­orge Michael.

Bowie, who died in Jan­uary 2016 at age 69, was crowned Bri­tish male artist of the year and won Bri­tish al­bum of the year for “Black­star,” re­leased days be­fore his death.

Bowie’s son, film­maker Dun­can Jones, ac­cepted the best al­bum award on be­half of his fa­ther, who he said had “al­ways been there sup­port­ing peo­ple who think they’re a lit­tle bit weird or a lit­tle bit strange, a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent.”

“This award is for all the kooks, and all the peo­ple who make the kooks,” Jones said.

“Kooks” is the song Bowie wrote for his son when he was born.

As well as re­ward­ing Bowie, the show paid trib­ute to one of the mu­sic in­dus­try’s many losses of 2016 -Ge­orge Michael, who died on Christ­mas Day aged 53.

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