Grammys 2022: Lady Gaga gives emotional tribute to Tony Bennett
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Lady Gaga was in tears after performing an emotional tribute to her pal Tony Bennett.
The singer, who was introduced by the music icon during the Grammys on Sunday in a pre-taped video, performed a rendition of “Do I Love You” and “Love for Sale” alongside a big band arrangement. After her touching performance, which was paired alongside a video montage showing the pair sharing the stage together, the singer, who is Stefani Germanotta by birth, sat down on the edge and wept.
“I love you, Tony, I miss you,” said the 36-year-old, who was met with a standing ovation from the audience.
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Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The 95-year-old revealed he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2021. A few months later, the crooner retired. Gaga and Bennett were nominated for five Grammys, including album and traditional pop vocal album for Love for Sale. “
On Friday Bennett’s son Danny said to Variety that his father would not be performing with his beloved duet partner at the Grammys.
“Although the producers had invited both Tony and Gaga to perform in Sunday’s Grammys broadcast, it is unfortunate that due to his continuing struggle with Alzheimer’s, he was not able to accept,” he shared at the time. “It was decided that Lady Gaga would perform on her own to represent both of them. “
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Lady Gaga paid tribute to Tony Bennett at the Grammys on Sunday night.
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“There is no doubt, that she will offer up an impeccable performance from ‘Love for Sale,’ which is Tony’s final album,” said Danny. He will be cheering her on from his New York City home. “
Bennett gained his first pop success in the early 1950s. He enjoyed a career revival in the 1990s and became popular with younger audiences in part because of an appearance on “MTV Unplugged.” He continued recording and touring constantly, and his 2014 collaboration with Lady Gaga, “Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek,” debuted at No.
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Lady Gaga performs with Tony Bennett during her “Jazz & Piano” residency at Park Theater at Park MGM on Jan. 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Park MGM Las Vegas)
A beloved interpreter of American standards, Bennett’s chart-topping career spans seven decades.
“He’s not the old Tony anymore,” his wife, Susan, told AARP The Magazine in February 2021. “But when he sings he’s still the old Tony. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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