The late visionary British rock star David Bowie has been honoured with a posthumous “Icon” award at the BRITs music ceremony in London on Wednesday night, just over a month after his death.

Bowie was paid an emotional tribute first by British singer Annie Lennox, who said the singer was “deeply embedded in the heart of British culture”.

“The legend of his extraordinary sound shall be revered for as long as the Earth shall spin,” she added.

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Bowie’s friend, British actor Gary Oldman, then picked up the award on Bowie’s behalf.

“The world lost an artist of transcendent talent,” Oldman said. “He was the very definition, the living embodiment of that singular word: icon.”

New Zealand singer Lorde performed Bowie’s hit song Life on Mars in tribute to the singer after the award was announced.

“He was the very definition, the living embodiment of that singular word; icon.” – Gary Oldman https://t.co/R8sYJ25ffy

— BRIT Awards (@brits) February 24, 2016

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