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Lady Gaga She was in tears after paying an emotional tribute to her friend Tony Bennett.
Singer, introduced by the music icon Grammy In a pre-taped video on Sunday, the band performed vocals of “Do I Love You” and “Love for Sale” with a big band arrangement.
After their heartfelt performance, which was paired with a video montage of the pair sharing the stage, the singer, whose birth name is Stephanie Germanotta, sat on the edge of the stage and cried.
“I love you, Tony, I miss you,” said the 36-year-old, who received a standing ovation from the audience.
The 95-year-old revealed that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2021. The crooner retired from performing a few months later. Bennett and Gaga were nominated for five Grammys this year, including Album of the Year and Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Love for Sale.”
On Friday, Bennett’s son Danny told Variety in a statement that his famous father would not be joining his beloved duet partner for their Grammy performance.
“Although producers invited both Tony and Gaga to perform at Sunday’s Grammy broadcast, it is unfortunate that due to his continuing struggle with Alzheimer’s, he was unable to accept,” he shared at the time. “It was decided that it would be appropriate for Lady Gaga to represent the two of them and perform on her own.”
“There is no doubt that she will deliver an impeccable performance from ‘Love for Sale’, Tony’s final album,” said Danny. “He must have been cheering her on, judging from his home in New York City.”
Bennett achieved his first pop success in the early 1950s. He enjoyed a career revival in the 1990s and became popular with younger audiences due to an appearance on “MTV Unplugged”. He continued recording and touring, and his 2014 collaboration with Lady Gaga, “Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts.
A beloved interpreter of American standards, Bennett’s chart-topping career spanned seven decades.
“He’s not old Tony anymore,” his wife Susan told AARP The Magazine in February 2021. “But when he sings, he’s old Tony.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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