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Lady Gaga Grammy’s Performance: Glam Jazz Songs & a Tony Bennett Intro

Lady Gaga took the stage at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, performing “Love for Sale” and “Do I Love You” from her album Love for Sale, which she recorded with longtime friend and duet partner Tony Bennett.

Bennett offered a videotaped introduction for his duet partner, saying simply and sincerely, “Hello everyone, please welcome Lady Gaga!” Gaga then brought the house with a high-energy rendition of “Love for Sale” with a big band arrangement of the Cole Porter standard to a halt. Gaga, glamorous in a mint strapless gown adorned with a large bow, then slowed things down to belt out a jazzy, piano-filled rendition of “Do I Love You.” The video screen in the background showed footage of Gaga and Bennett in the studio recording the record. The performance was an excellent demonstration of Gaga’s vocal range and her ability to belt out the classics as well as her more pop-based fare.

diversity broke the news on Friday that Bennett would not be accompanying Gaga for her Grammys performance. In a statement, Bennett’s son Danny said: “Although the producers invited both Tony and Gaga to appear on Sunday’s Grammys show, it was unfortunate that he was unable to accept due to his ongoing battle with Alzheimer’s. It was decided that it would be appropriate for Lady Gaga to perform alone to represent for both. There is no doubt that she will give an impeccable performance of Tony’s last album, Love for Sale. He’ll be cheering for them as he watches from his home in New York City.”

Gaga and Bennett were nominated for five Grammys this year, including Album of the Year and Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Their single “I Get a Kick Out of You” won Album of the Year, Pop Duo/Group Performance and Music Video awards. The album is a follow-up to the couple’s jazz album Cheek to Cheek, which won the Grammy for Traditional Pop Vocal Album in 2015.

The two performed songs from “Love for Sale” for “MTV Unplugged” last year and the two-day Radio City concert “One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga,” which was taped for a CBS special. The making of her album was also chronicled in a documentary called The Lady and the Legend, due out this year on Paramount Plus. That being said, Gaga has mostly self-promoted the album due to 95-year-old Bennett’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, which was announced in early 2021.

Gaga is no stranger to holding the line as a solo jazz artist as she prepares to return to her “Jazz and Piano” residency in Vegas for a series of performances later this month. She has been performing the residency on and off since 2019 and returned to the stage last October after a hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.

The Grammys performance caps a long awards season for Gaga, who has been nominated at multiple ceremonies for her role as Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci. Despite missing out on an Oscar nomination that year, she was in attendance that night to present the Best Picture award along with fellow entertainment legend, Liza Minnelli.

After their Vegas dates, Gaga is getting ready to finally embark on her long-awaited Chromatica Ball Tour, which kicks off July 17 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

https://variety.com/2022/music/news/lady-gaga-grammys-performance-tony-bennett-1235221291/ Lady Gaga Grammy’s Performance: Glam Jazz Songs & a Tony Bennett Intro

Charles Jones

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