David Bowie is still making waves after his final album, Blackstar, scooped a posthumous prize at the 2017 South Bank Arts Awards on Sunday (July 9).
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The chameleonic singer and icon was nominated for the Pop Music award and faced competition from The 1975 and Skepta among others. The album was released on Bowie’s birthday on January 8, 2016 – just two days before he died. The award ceremony took place at London’s Savoy Hotel.
His friend and erstwhile collaborator, Stooges frontman and solo singer Iggy Pop, accepted the prize on Bowie’s behalf. In video message recorded in his US home, Pop praised Bowie for changing "the game in rock and roll and in popular music.”
He went on to describe how the pair shared a flat in London "at a beautiful old Victorian house that was looked after by a lady named Mrs Potter" and how the musician "didn't want to miss" host Melvyn Bragg's The South Bank Show when it was still broadcast on ITV.
Pop went on to say that producer Tony Visconti would bring them TV shows on video to "interrupt the hilarity of the Monty Python stuff."
David Bowie produced four of Iggy Pop’s albums: Iggy and The Stooges’ Raw Power (1973), The Idiot, Lust For Life (both 1977) and Blah Blah Blah (1986). He also covered a number of Iggy’s songs throughout his career including ‘China Girl’ and ‘Neighbourhood Threat’ among others.
Other winners included series Happy Valley (TV drama), Phoebe Waller-Bridge's show Fleabag (Comedy) and Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake (Film).
The ceremony can be seen on Sky Arts in the UK on Wednesday evening (July 12).