NBC will honor Tony Bennett tonight with the special Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come. Though Tony Bennett was born on Aug. 3, 1926, and his birthday celebration was held in New York, with an Empire State Building art show and friends like Lady Gaga in attendance, the public will honor the crooner and artist tonight. Tonight’s special was filmed in September at the Radio City Music Hall. There is a full lineup of celebrities and stars who will perform and honor the living legend who many hope has years of success ahead of him. You can watch Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come live, streaming online. The show begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Alec Baldwin of recent SNL headline news will host the event.
Bennett is revered for his gifts and talents and warm personality. He is Italian-American and was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto. An accomplished painter and artist, much of his artwork is signed with his birth name, leaving many unaware just how talented Bennett truly is. Tony Bennett kicked off tonight’s celebration with an appearance on NBC’s Today show. You may watch a video clip from the Today show interview with Tony Bennett below. When asked about his friendship with Lady Gaga, Bennett replied that she is very talented and will be around for a long time.
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Check out these videos of Tony Bennett singing many of his classic hits, including duets with singers such as Lady Gaga in the video playlist below. What is your favorite Tony Bennett song? Did you know that Tony Bennett has won 19 Grammys and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy?
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 List of Performers
- Andrea Bocelli
- Michael Bublé
- Bob Dylan
- Lady Gaga
- Billy Joel
- Elton John
- Diana Krall
- K.D. Lang
- Leslie Odom, Jr.
- Kevin Spacey
- Stevie Wonder
- Rufus Wainwright
In addition to the star-studded list of performers, more celebrities will make an appearance during the two-hour event.
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 Celebrity Appearances
- Garth Brooks
- Trisha Yearwood
- Paul McCartney
- Keith Richards
- Dustin Hoffman
- Steve Buscemi
- Robert De Niro
- Celine Dion
- Queen Latifah
- Wynton Marsalis
- John McEnroe
- Miss Piggy
- Regis Philbin
- Don Rickles
- Homer Simpson
- Carrie Underwood
- Bruce Willis
- Oprah Winfrey
Tony Bennett also celebrates his 90th birthday with the release of a new album, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90. The album is a companion to the special and features musical performances from tonight’s show. In addition to the music, the CD Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 includes a 28-page booklet with essays expressing appreciation for Tony Bennett and his achievements. Contributing to the booklet are the following: President Bill Clinton, Martin Scorsese, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mandel, Bill Charlap, and Everett Raymond Kinstler.
The following performers sing tracks on the CD. Here is the full track listing for Tony Bennett Celebrates 90.
- “The Lady is a Tramp” by Lady Gaga
- “The Good Life” by Michael Bublé
- “Ave María” by Andrea Bocelli (with Voices of Haiti Children’s Choir)
- “The Very Thought of You/If I Ruled the World” by Kevin Spacey
- “I’ve Got the World on a String” by Diana Krall
- “New York State of Mind” by Tony Bennett and Billy Joel
- “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” by Rufus Wainwright
- “A Kiss to Build a Dream On” by K.D. Lang
- “Visions” by Stevie Wonder
- “La Vie en Rose” by Lady Gaga
- “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John
- “Autumn Leaves” by Leslie Odom, Jr.
- “Who Cares” by Tony Bennett
- “The Best is Yet to Come” by Tony Bennett
- “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” by Tony Bennett
- “I Got Rhythm” by Tony Bennett
- “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” by Tony Bennett
- “Happy Birthday” by Stevie Wonder
Amazon Prime members may listen to Tony Bennett’s new album streaming live online for free.
Here are some photos from the stunning performances delivered by the impeccable talent who celebrated and honored Tony Bennett with their gift of song.
As Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come is undoubtedly a glamorous, star-studded event, it can’t be helped but noticed that there is one voice missing: Amy Winehouse. Should Amy Winehouse been with us today in body, there is no doubt she would have stood next to Lady Gaga to honor and celebrate Tony’s birthday. While she may not have taken the stage, we can be certain she is with us in spirit. You may see a video interview with Tony Bennett and Tavis Smiley where he discusses his relationship with Amy Winehouse below.
There is no question that Tony Bennett is a heartfelt, caring man in addition to being one of the greatest singers who ever graced us with his voice and presence. We celebrate with the world in wishing Tony Bennett a wonderful 90th year and believe with many that the best is yet to come.
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