David Bowie’s Black­star gets top prize at Sky Arts Awards

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David Bowie’s ‘Black­star’ was awarded yet an­other post­hu­mous prize at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards on Sun­day. The late mu­sic leg­end - who died in Jan­uary 2016 af­ter a se­cret bat­tle with can­cer - was hon­oured with the Pop Mu­sic gong for his fi­nal al­bum at the cer­e­mony held at Lon­don’s The Savoy Ho­tel. The ‘Star­man’ hit­maker’s close pal Iggy Pop ap­peared via a video mes­sage to pay trib­ute to the icon - whose record con­tin­ues to pick up ac­co­lades in­clud­ing this year’s Mastercard Bri­tish Al­bum of the Year prize at the BRIT Awards. The ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ hit­maker, who worked with Bowie on the al­bum ‘Lust For Life’, said he changed ‘“the game in rock and roll and in pop­u­lar mu­sic”. The 70-year-old rocker re­called how they once lived to­gether in Lon­don and how the ‘Labyrinth’ star never missed an episode of the arts tele­vi­sion pro­gramme ‘The South Bank Show’. He said: “[We]” shared digs ... in Lon­don at a beau­ti­ful old Vic­to­rian house that was looked af­ter by a lady named Mrs Pot­ter.” Mean­while, it was re­cently re­vealed that Bowie had been in talks to do a joint record with LCD Soundsys­tem’s front­man James Murphy, but he was al­ready too con­sumed in what would be his fi­nal record. The ‘All My Friends’ hit­maker did how­ever record some James said re­cently: “I reached out to David and said, ‘I’d love to do a record just me and you’. “He said, ‘It’s funny you men­tion that, please look me up when you get back to New York.’” The 47-year-old mu­si­cian was sur­prised he even spoke with the ‘He­roes’ singer as he was so starstruck by his idol, but they ended up hav­ing a great re­la­tion­ship over email. Speak­ing about how he would’ve been speech­less if he met the late great Lou Reed, he ad­mit­ted: “I don’t think I could have talked to him. “And that’s say­ing a lot be­cause I knew David Bowie, I talked to David Bowie. I thought I couldn’t talk to him, but he was so gra­cious and so friendly... I had an email friend­ship with David Bowie, which one of the weirder, more amaz­ing things.”

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