In doing so he became the oldest person ever to receive a Brit at the annual ceremony, run by the British Phonographic Industry.
Bowie didn’t attend the event, but sent supermodel Kate Moss – wearing one of his Ziggy Stardust outfits – to collect his award, and used the platform to ask Scotland not to vote for independence from the UK in the country’s September referendum.
Moss read out: “In Japanese myth the rabbits on my old costume that Kate is wearing live on the moon. Kate is from Venus and I am from Mars.
“I am completely delighted to have won the Brit for being Best Male – but I am, aren’t I, Kate? I think it’s a great way to end the day. Thank you very, very much. And Scotland: stay with us.”
US-based Bowie came out of ‘retirement’ without warning last year, releasing the single Where Are We Now on his 66th birthday, January 8. It was followedin March by The Next Day, along with huge speculation about whether he would tour in support of the record.
Another Ziggy Stardust costumes takes pride of place in an exhibition celebrating the legacy of Aylesbury’s Friars. Bowie first performed as his alter-ego at the venue on January 29, 1972, and the sequinned shirt in question was torn to shreds by fans. The garment – along with memorabilia connected with Queen, the Clash, Roxy Music, the Ramones, Talking Heads and others – will be on display at Buckingham County Museum from March 1.
-Classic Rock Magazine