A recent British vote has named David Bowie the Greatest Entertainer of the 20th Century.
The man who brought us Ziggy Stardust and huge hits including ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Heroes’, and ‘Changes’ has been named the Greatest Entertainer of the 20th Century.
The British public has voted David Bowie the Greatest Entertainer of the 20th Century according to a BBC Two poll for their historical series Icons. The poll was created to ‘assess the achievements of the 20th Century’s most important and influential figures across seven different fields of human endeavour‘.
The BBC said: “Often adopting a series of personas, and never afraid to reinvent his sound, David Bowie was a constant musical innovator – keeping him ahead of the pack. The characters he created, from Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke, allowed him to inhabit new sonic landscapes.
“And Bowie astutely picked the best collaborators to help him achieve his goals. Unlike many other musicians, he remained current for his entire career.”
Bowie was nominated by actress Kathleen Turner and competed against greats including Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, and Billie Holiday.
Turner was proud of the results, saying “David Bowie raised the creative bar for all entertainers and that is why he truly deserves to be crowned the ultimate icon of the 20th century by the British public.”
Bowie is now a contender for Greatest Person of the 20th Century, which will be aired in a live final February 5th. He has stiff competition- he’s competing against other greats such as Nelson Mandela (Greatest Leader).