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."
Sad news of the death of the hugely talented David Bowie. #StarGazer— Martin McGuinness (@M_McGuinness_SF) January 11, 2016
Saw Bowie is Lisbon in the 1980s - magical! Sad sad news— Mike Nesbitt (@mikenesbittni) January 11, 2016
Sad to see cancer claim an other victim in David Bowie- unique voice and great talent lost.— peter weir (@peterweirmla) January 11, 2016
Saddened to wake up to the news of David Bowie ' s passing. A talented and influential artist who boldly went where no one had gone before.— Mark H Durkan (@MarkHDurkan) January 11, 2016
I was lucky to meet Mr Bowie in the queue outside MOMA in NYC at Matisse exhibit in 1992 I think...He SMELLED incredible! RIP DB.— Dr BRIAN KENNEDY (@KennedySinger) January 11, 2016
My 3 favourite Bowie:Time, Suffragette City and Rock 'n' Roll Suicide. From Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane--two fabulous, inventive albums.— Alex.Kane (@AlexKane221b) January 11, 2016
RIP David Bowie. You will continue to inspire...Your talent lives on! Rest in peace xx pic.twitter.com/AoYoNOTCAJ— Séainín Brennan (@SeaininBrennan) January 11, 2016