Michael C. Hall paid tribute to David Bowie at the CFDA Awards with a performance of the late rock star’s classic song “Changes.” Bowie was given the Board of Directors tribute award, which was accepted by friend and actress Tilda Swinton.
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As Hall belted “Changes,” several models walked across the stage wearing some of Bowie’s most iconic outfits, specifically from the earliest part of his career. A slideshow of photographs of the musician, who died in January, were shown behind the performance.
Hall worked with Bowie on the musical Lazarus, one of the final works Bowie completed before his death. The off-Broadway show served as a sequel to Walter Tevis’ novel The Many Who Fell to Earth and featured both new and old songs about the musician. Hall starred in the lead role alongside Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso and Alan Cumming.
Swinton accepted the award not only on behalf of Bowie but on behalf of his widow Iman. “These kind people, the fanciest fashion people on the planet, are giving you their highest prize, their director’s tribute,” she said, delivering the speech as if she were speaking to Bowie directly.
“You checked out early and we’re still finding things you left in the drawers and looking for a forwarding address. But you’re still hanging signs in the sky, in the trees and the forests, and we’re so grateful for every one. We want to tell you that we miss you, but how very happy we all are that you came by.”