Northern Ireland Culture Minister Caral Ní Chuilin led local tributes to David Bowie following the star's death on Sunday.
The Sinn Fein MLA, known for sharing her eclectic music on Twitter, described Bowie as a "trailblazer".
Speaking on the BBC Stephen Nolan show she said the music legend offered something for everyone and one of her favourite albums was Aladdin Sane, first released 40 years ago.
"Really great music is almost always effervescent... he has left us a great legacy," she said.
Radio Ulster presenter Ralph McLean added: "Despite the rumours of his illness, this has come as an enormous shock.
"He was a truly unique artist and artist is the key word, he kept pushing the envelope.
"He had so many different, styles, looks and sounds. He change the face of pop.
"People followed where Bowie went and there were very few true originals.
"There was no one like Bowie."
Co Down author, Colin Bateman added: "Before I really understood what I liked in music I knew I loved David Bowie."