Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s appearance at the 2022 Grammys left fans more curious about their friendship than the former’s hot and heavy love life.
The singers’ friendship may seem unlikely to many, but they’ve been good friends for over a decade now.
At this year’s awards show, Tony, who was battling Alzheimer’s disease, introduced his collaborator Lady Gaga, and the latter paid a heartfelt tribute to the crooner with her performance.
A look back at the friendship between Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
The pop star and legendary jazz performer first collaborated on Tony’s Duos II album in 2011 and sang the classic The lady is a tramp.
According to People, the 95-year-old first heard Gaga perform at the Robin Hood Foundation’s charity gala in 2011.
“I fixed my hair and my mum was doing her makeup, then we went back to meet him,” said the Gucci House explains the star.
The two soon worked on a jazz album titled Cheek to cheek together, released in 2014.
The collaborators also toured the following year and fans got to see them perform swoon-worthy songs like everything is fine, I won’t danceand Cheek to cheek whole.
Gaga and Tony quickly became best friends and joined forces for H&M’s December 2014 holiday campaign.
Cheek to cheek won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 2015 Grammys.
The two reunited in August 2021, for a concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall titled One last time. It came months after Tony’s family revealed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
In November 2021, the duo was again nominated for six Grammy Awards for their joint album, love for salewhich they started working on in 2018.
Lady Gaga’s Grammy tribute to Tony Bennett
The 36-year-old singer paid a tearful tribute to her longtime collaborator.
Gaga performed a rendition of Do I like you and love for sale after being introduced by Tony in a pre-recorded video during the Sunday night ceremony.
After her emotional performance, the star sat on the edge of the stage and cried, placing her hand on her shoulder where Tony often placed it.
Fans react to Gaga’s Grammy tribute
Fans were deeply touched by Lady Gaga’s Grammys tribute to Tony.
One fan wrote, “It’s truly amazing how supernaturally wonderful Lady Gaga is with her older colleagues who struggle with memory and cognitive function. The heartfelt care she gave to both Liza Minnelli and Tony Bennett is so heartwarming.
“Lady Gaga looking at the pictures of Tony Bennett…yeah I really cried,” another emotional fan tweeted.
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