Tony Bennett tribute by Lady GaGa will be ‘biggest moment’ of the Grammys

Lady GaGa will deliver an emotional tribute to Tony Bennett, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, at the 2022 Grammys

The Tony Bennett tribute will be an emotional highlight at the 2022 Grammys
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Fresh from her appearance with a legend of film and stage, Liza Minnelli, leaving viewers in tears at the Oscars, Lady GaGa will once again be honoring one of showbiz’s last living legends. At the Grammys this weekend, GaGa will perform a tribute to iconic crooner, Tony Bennett.

"You didn't think we'd show up to Vegas without her, did you?" the Recording Academy tweeted Friday, confirming that Lady GaGa will be on taking to the stage at the Grammy awards.

Always one to deliver a show-stopping performance, GaGa’s attendance at the 2022 Grammys will have more of an emotional significance as she honors the great Tony Bennett, who has all but retired from music after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2016.

GaGa and Tony Bennett are nominated for awards together at the ceremony for their duet album, Love for Sale, which was heralded as the final album Tony would ever make.

Gaga will pay tribute to Tony Bennett, a friend and duet partner

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Released in late 2021, Love for Sale was the second joint venture between Tony and GaGa, following their Grammy-winning album, Cheek to Cheek, released in 2014.

In November 2021, CBS aired the One Last Time concert special featuring footage from what was then revealed to be the duo's last performance together, in which Gaga emotionally escorted Bennett off stage for the final time.

"Tony, we're all so grateful to have witnessed your talent, your generosity, your creativity, your kindness, and your service through all the years," Gaga said at the event as the audience rose to its feet for the crooner. "Mr. Bennett, it would be my honor to escort you off the stage."

And now, in front of music’s biggest names, Tony Bennett will get another legendary tribute.

A source close to the awards told The Sun, “Gaga’s performance is going to be the biggest moment of the night and it will pay tribute to the brilliance of Tony. On stage, she will sing Love For Sale, the title track from their last album, which came out last year.”

“She will also perform Do I Love You, a song they previously did together. When she is singing, photographs of Tony will be beamed up onto the screen behind the stage. They are hoping he will be able to make the ceremony but it’s up in the air right now.”

How to watch the Grammys

Fans can tune in to the 2022 Grammys live on CBS from 8pm ET/5pm PT.

You can also livestream the show on Paramount+.

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