Bruce Gowers

Bruce Gowers, an award-winning director who worked with superstar artists in pop, rock, and Country Music, died on January 15, 2023. He was 82. Born and raised in England, Gowers may be best remembered for directing Queen’s 1975 landmark music video, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” although his career flourished for decades afterwards. Among his hundreds of credits, Gowers directed John Mellencamp’s iconic 1982 video, “Jack & Diane,” and won a Grammy in 1985 for Huey Lewis & The News’ longform video, “The Heart of Rock & Roll.” For multiple years, Gowers directed the Academy of Country Music Awards (2002-2004), the American Music Awards (2001, 2003) and the Billboard Music Awards (1996-2006). Starting in 2002, he directed the first nine seasons of American Idol, winning an Emmy in 2009.