David Bowie was a "visual creative artist" who "curated his death" with his final albumBlackstar and a musical, the celebrated United States photographer Annie Leibovitz said yesterday.
The annual music awards ceremony will honour the "visionary and ground-breaking pioneer" - who died of cancer aged 69 on 10 January - in a "fitting" way, Brits chairman Max Lousada has confirmed.
So great is the demand for the record, that it has sold out of all vinyl copies just four days after release - reports Vinyl Factory. Because of all that - if you are fearful, use I Can't Give Everything Away as your entry point - it is quite extraordinary.
It is thought the London-born singer's funeral is likely to be held in NY, where he moved to in 1993 after marrying his second wife, Iman, and where they raised their daughter, Alexandria.
Eighteen months after his emotional return to the city that made him, his childhood home was the focus of grief for thousands of fans who gathered to pay tribute to "Brixton's Own Boy" after news of his death left the world in shock.
The videos for "Blackstar" and "Lazarus" have a more significant meaning after Bowie's passing.
Several other Bowie albums suddenly appeared or re-entered near the top of the iTunes charts including "Nothing Has Changed", his career-spanning hits collection released in 2014.
"I received an email from him seven days ago. He was fun, he was always amusing, and we want to take a second here and look back at the fun moments I had with Davie Bowie over the years".
Highlighting how secret Bowie kept his illness, long-time collaborator and friend Brian Eno said his death came as "a complete surprise". It was as amusing as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did.
"I realise now he was saying goodbye".
"Bowie was still writing on his deathbed, you could say", Van Hove told the website, dutchnews.nl.