David Bowie’s final album, “Blackstar”, was honored with five Grammy Awards during the Recording Academy’s 59th annual event in Los Angeles on Sunday.
The five-for-five sweep earned the late rocker his first-ever musical awards from the Grammys as the 2016 record won Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for the title track, Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical).
Despite 11 prior nominations, Bowie previously only took home the Best Video, Short Form prize in 1985 for “Jazzin' For Blue Jean” and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
Bowie’s son, Duncan, shared the news via Twitter, complete with a younger image of him holding the singer in his arms, writing, “So proud of you dad! Would hold you up forever.”
A year ago, Bowie released his 25th album, “Blackstar”, on his 69th birthday – just two days before his passing from liver cancer on January 10, 2016.
The project debuted at No. 1 on the UK charts and a total of 10 of his records landed in his native country’s Top 40 following Bowie’s death.
A year-end report by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has credited “Blackstar” with leading a resurgence in vinyl albums across the UK to their biggest sales numbers in 25 years.
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