Tony Bennett wasn’t able to make it to the 2022 Grammy Awards, but Lady Gaga made sure he wasn’t forgotten during her emotional tribute to him. The duo came into this year’s ceremony with five nominations from their final collaboration together on the album, Love for Sale, but Bennett’s Alzheimer’s disease has progressed to the point that he’s retired from the stage.
The 95-year-old legend was able to pre-tape a sweet introduction while blowing a kiss to the camera, “Hi, everyone, please welcome Lady Gaga.” Looking elegant in a classic Tiffany-blue gown with her hair swept into a gorgeous updo, she sang “Love For Sale” and then transitioned into “Do I Love You.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as a sentimental montage of their time together played on the large LED screen behind her.
As she wrapped up her exquisite performance to thunderous applause, Gaga looked right at the camera lens and sent a warm message to Bennett. “I love you, Tony, we miss you,” she said with tears in her eyes. The two performed their final shows together last August at Radio City Music Hall in New York City honoring his 95th birthday. She told 60 Minutes that the most moving moment from their sold-out run was the night he introduced her onstage, even though she wasn’t sure he remembered her anymore. “That’s the first time that Tony said my name in a long time,” she shared. “I had to keep it together because we had a sold-out show and I have a job to do. But I’ll tell you when I walked out on that stage and he said, ‘It’s Lady Gaga,’ my friend saw me. It was very special.”
The duo has an unbreakable bond despite the heartbreak that Alzheimer’s disease is delivering to their friendship. Gaga knows how special their time has been together and she made sure that Bennett’s legacy was felt in every corner of the building on Grammys night.NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!