David Bowie‘s son Duncan Jones and actor Michael C. Hall accepted awards on behalf of the late legend during the BRIT Awards on Wednesday. Jones collected his father’s Album of the Year award for 2016’s Blackstar and Hall received Bowie’s Best Male Solo Artist award.
Noel Gallagher, who referred to Bowie as “the king,” presented the Album of the Year award to Jones. Bowie’s filmmaker son reflected on family legacy during his acceptance speech.
“I lost my dad last year, but I also became a dad and I was spending a lot of time, after getting over the shock, of trying to work out what would I want my son to know about his granddad,” he said. “And I think it would be the same thing that most of my dad’s fans have taken over the last 50 years: That he’s always been there supporting people who think they’re a little bit weird or a little bit strange – a little bit different.
“And he’s always been there for them,” he continued. “So this award is for all the kooks and all the people who make the kooks.”
Hall drew on humor to open his acceptance speech. “If David Bowie could be here tonight, he probably wouldn’t be here tonight,” Hall said. Hall starred in Bowie’s musical Lazarus and has previously performed Bowie tributes including “Lazarus” and “Changes.”
The actor, who also said Bowie inspired him to be a better man, accepted the award on behalf of the singer and his family and said he would “accept this testament to a man beholden to nothing but his own boundless imagination and daring whose ever expanding artistic vitality simultaneously soothes us and sears us and astonishes us,” Hall said, then looking skyward added, “Maybe he is here tonight, I don’t know.”
The BRITs also featured tributes to George Michael, which included a speech from Michael’s Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley and their backing singers Pepsi & Shirlie, and Coldplay’s Chris Martin performed “A Different Corner” while archival footage of Michael was shown.