Bowie was introduced on stage at the awards ceremony by an admiring Andy Williams. He proceeded to deliver a rambling two minute speech before announcing Aretha
Franklin as the winner for "Best Rhythm & Blues Performance by a Female Artist".
Accepting the award Aretha gushed, "Wow - this is so good
I could kiss David Bowie!"
In 1999 Bowie said of the Grammys:
"Before the show I'd been telling
John [Lennon] that I didn't think America really got what I did, that I was
misunderstood. Remember that I was in my 20s and out of my head.
So the big moment came and I ripped open the envelope
and announced, "The winner is Aretha Franklin." Aretha steps forward,
and with not so much as a glance in my direction, snatches the trophy
out of my hands and says, "Thank you everybody. I'm so happy I could
even kiss David Bowie." Which she didn't! And she promptly spun
around swanned off stage right. So I slunk off stage left.
And John bounds over and gives me a theatrical kiss
and a hug and says "See, Dave. America loves ya.'"
Also present at the awards ceremony were [pictured left] Simon and Garfunkel, John and
Yoko and Roberta Flack as well as Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder,
Sarah Vaughan, Tony Orlando and Dawn, The Righteous Brothers, Ann
Margret and David Essex.
Bowie interviewed in June 1975 by Cameron Crowe
for Rolling Stone:
"The Grammys were very significant for me. It
was like walking a tightrope. There were mostly aging middleclass
show business people in that audience. It was a question of entertaining
them or coming off like just another rock singer. I really did feel
I was David Bowie and not a rock singer. It was very strange. Strange,