Lady Gaga Breaks Down in Tears After Tony Bennett Introduces Her GRAMMYs Performance

The 95-year-old music legend gave his final performance with Lady Gaga in August.

Tony Bennett made a surprise appearance at Sunday's 64th annual GRAMMY Awards when he appeared in a pre-taped video to introduce his friend and frequent collaborator, Lady Gaga. The suited up music legend blew Gaga a kiss in the video before she began her performance.

The 36-year-old triple-threat star gave a powerful and emotional performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, singing her and Bennett's "Love for Sale" and "Do I Love You." Even though Bennett wasn't physically in attendance, his presence was palpable. At the end of the performance, Gaga was moved to tears, speaking into the mic, "I love you, Tony. We miss you."

In August, Bennett, with Gaga by his side, gave his final performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. This came after it was revealed that the 95-year-old singer has been battling Alzheimer's disease since 2016.


At this year's GRAMMYs, Gaga and Bennett were nominated for Record of the Year, Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo for "I Get a Kick Out of You." They won Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for their album, Love for Sale. In 2015, the duo also won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for their album, Cheek to Cheek.

ET's Kevin Frazier spoke to Gaga backstage and she shared what her longtime friendship with Bennett has meant to her.

"You know, it’s been such an honor to make another record with Tony," she said. "We've been singing together for a decade. This was his last album and I feel very blessed to have sang with a man who always led with his heart. He came from very humble beginnings and he told me so many stories about him and Duke Ellington and marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how when he was a little boy, he won the turkey at the raffle because his family couldn't afford to have holiday dinner. So, he won that turkey and he said,  'I knew that day that I was lucky.'"

She also said she was going to call him immediately.

"I got to let him know we won," she said.

Keep checking for complete GRAMMYs coverage, including the complete list of winners.


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