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Michael C. Hall wowed the crowd at the 2016 Mercury Prize ceremony on Thursday with his dramatic performance of David Bowie’s “Lazarus” from the musical of the same name. The song was featured on Bowie’s final, Mercury-nominated album, Blackstar, as well as in the off-Broadway version of the musical in which Hall starred in New York. Hall also worked with Bowie on Lazarus before the rock icon’s death in January, which is why it was no surprise that his Mercury performance gave some viewers the chills.
Former Dexter star Hall, who will step into the role again when the show opens in London in October, was backed by a full band during the mesmerizing Mercury performance, with Bowie’s haunting “Lazarus” video playing in the background as the actor eerily channeled the late rock legend’s quavering voice and dramatic flair. During the same ceremony, Blackstar lost out to grime rapper Skepta’s Konnichiwa for album of the year honors.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.
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