After Tony Bennett’s introduction, Lady Gaga gives a glitzy, emotional Grammys performance of jazz standards.
At the 64th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Lady Gaga sang “Love for Sale” and “Do I Love You” from her album “Love for Sale,” which she recorded with long-time friend and duet collaborator Tony Bennett.
Hello everyone, please welcome Lady Gaga!” Bennett gave a filmed introduction to his duet partner. Gaga next wowed the crowd with a high-octane performance of Cole Porter’s “Love for Sale,” which included a large band arrangement. Gaga slowed things down to sing out a jazzy piano-filled performance of “Do I Love You,” dressed in a mint strapless gown with a huge bow. In the backdrop, a television screen displayed footage of Gaga and Bennett in the studio working on the album. Gaga’s vocal range and ability to shout out classics as well as more pop-oriented material were on full display throughout the performance.
According to Variety, which broke the news on Friday, Bennett will not be joining Gaga for her Grammy performance. Although the producers had asked both Tony and Gaga to participate in Sunday’s Grammy show, “it is regrettable that, owing to his continuous fight with Alzheimer’s, he was not able to accept,” Bennett’s son Danny said in a statement. It was agreed that Lady Gaga would perform alone to represent both of them. There is no question that she will provide an outstanding performance from Tony’s last album, “Love for Sale.” As he watches from his home in New York City, he will be rooting for her. “
This year, Gaga and Bennett received five Grammy nominations, including album of the year and traditional pop vocal album. “I Get a Kick Out of You,” their song, was nominated for record of the year, pop duo/group performance, and music video. The album is a follow-up to the duo’s jazz album “Cheek to Cheek,” which received a Grammy in 2015 for best traditional pop vocal album.
Last year, the two sang songs from “Love for Sale” on “MTV Unplugged” and at the two-night Radio City event “One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga,” which was filmed for a CBS special. The development of their record was also documented in a documentary titled “The Lady and the Legend,” which will premiere on Paramount Plus later this year. Aside from that, owing to the 95-year-old Bennett’s Alzheimer’s illness diagnosis, which was publicized in early 2021, Gaga has mostly marketed the record on her own.
Gaga is no stranger to holding down the fort as a solo jazz musician, as she prepares to return to her “Jazz and Piano” residency in Vegas for a series of shows later this month. She’s been doing the residency on and off since 2019, and after a gap due to the COVID epidemic, she returned to the stage in October.
Gaga’s Grammys performance caps a lengthy awards season for her portrayal as Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci,” for which she was nominated at various events. Despite the fact that she did not get an Oscar nomination this year, she was on hand that evening to deliver the best picture prize along with Liza Minnelli, another showbiz veteran.
Following her Vegas appearances, Gaga will embark on her long-awaited Chromatica Ball tour, which will take place on July 17 in Düsseldorf, Germany.