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Music legend David Bowie to be honoured at the 2016 Brit Awards

The music world was shocked and saddened by the announcement of the death of music star David Bowie, who passed away following an 18-month battle with cancer. It has been revealed that he will be honoured at next month’s Brit awards ceremony at London’s O2 Arena on February 24th.

He was regarded widely as one of the country’s greatest musical talents and so it is fitting that the industry would wish to pay tribute and honour him and his extraordinary life and work at the forthcoming Brit Awards.

The organisers of the event are reported to have said: “David Bowie was one of the most important and influential songwriters and performers ever and, like so many fans around the world, we’re devastated to here of this loss,” a sentiment echoed by his many worldwide fans.

David Robert Jones was born on the 8th January 1947 in Brixton and first became interested in music at school where he excelled on the recorder, clearly showing early signs of the successful career he was to follow; this was clearly successful as he is estimated to have sold 140million records worldwide.

It is therefore fitting that his musical contemporaries should honour him, and the 2016 Brit Awards will be hosted by Ant & Dec, where confirmed artists Adele, Coldplay and Justin Bieber will perform on the big night, many others are to be expected.

Bowie was named best British male at the 2014 Brit Awards – becoming the oldest recipient of a Brit Award in the ceremony’s history. There is also a memorial concert which is planned to be held at New York’s Carnegie Hall in March, this was originally to be a tribute show featuring his songs, but has now been changed to a memorial.

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