Bowie, who was always more recognized in his native Britain than in his adopted home the United States, was controversially passed over for Album of the Year honors at this year's Grammys.
Hours before the awards ceremony, came news that American singer Al Jarreau had died at a Los Angeles hospital.
Later, she earned a standing ovation after stopping and restarting her "Fastlove" tribute to George Michael. "As things are diversifying overall in society, I'm hoping that the Grammy committees are doing the same", he said. "Hands down one of the most "faulty" TV moments i've seen", Ocean wrote.
With all that's going on in the world at present, the Grammys was always likely to generate controversy.
"It was inspirational for all of us to see him to do that". Another added: "Adele Broke her Grammy and gave the other half to Beyonce!". And, for good reason - it's simply a great song, and the Record of the Year award couldn't have gone to a better choice.
Beyonce's sister Solange won the Grammy for best R&B performance for Cranes In The Sky, beating Rihanna's Needed Me. Those were followed by Lady Gaga and Metallica performing "Moth Into Flame"; Beyoncé performing a medley of "Love Drought" and "Sand Castles"; Adele's tribute to the late George Michael (and her initial false start and censored profanity); and Bruno Mars performing "What I Like". "I love God and I love music".
In the end, Hello won both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
"Blackstar" also won Best Recording Package, for artist Jonathan Barnbrook.
Australian producer Flume won the best dance/electronic album award for Skin.
Beyonce's loss - she's been nominated in the top category three times - has highlighted longtime claims of apparent racial bias made by critics of the music industry's biggest awards. "Thank you very much to everybody", she said after accepting the award.
British composer Jacob Collier described his two Grammy wins as "bonkers".
"And if you're up for a discussion about the cultural bias and general nerve damage the show you produce suffers from then I'm all for it".