Bowie won for Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. All of the awards were related to his album “Blackstar,” which was released just days before the singer died of liver cancer in January of last year.
Oddly enough, Bowie had never won a Grammy for his music before Sunday. During his lifetime, he was nominated for 12 Grammys, but only ever won for Best Short-Form Video back in 1985. In 2006, the Recording Academy also awarded Bowie with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bowie wrote and recorded “Blackstar” during the final months of his life as he was secretly struggling with the cancer that would eventually take his life. Tony Visconti, Bowie’s collaborator and “Blackstar” producer, said Bowie created the album as his “parting gift” to his fans.
“He made ‘Blackstar’ for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be,” Visconti wrote on his Facebook page. “His death was no different from his life — a work of Art.”
Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, celebrated the Grammy victories on Twitter Sunday night.