Tony Bennett will not appear at the Grammys | English Film News

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Singer Tony Bennett, whose duet album with Lady Gaga is up for five Grammys, has confirmed he won’t be performing with her at the show on Sunday night.

Gaga was announced as a performer this morning; the pair are up for two top categories, Record of the Year and Album of the Year, for the song ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ and the album it came from, ‘Love for Sale’, reports ‘Variety’.

Danny Bennett, Tony’s son and longtime manager, said in a statement to ‘Variety’: “Tony is beyond thrilled, especially at the age of 95, to be recognized again with his musical collaborator. and dear friend Lady Gaga by the Recording Academy for their album ‘Love for Sale’.

“To have the album nominated in six categories, including album of the year and record of the year, is an incredible honor. Although the producers invited Tony and Gaga to perform on the Grammys of Sunday, it is unfortunate that due to his continuing struggle with Alzheimer’s, he could not accept.

“It has been decided that it would be appropriate for Lady Gaga to perform alone to represent the two. There is no doubt that she will deliver an impeccable performance of ‘Love for Sale’, which is Tony’s latest album. ‘ will cheer as he watches from his home in New York City.”

The album is the second collection of duets from the couple, who performed a song from the first, “Cheek to Cheek”, at the Grammys in 2014. Bennett performed two concerts with Gaga at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in August which aired on “One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga” last year.

Gaga joins a roster that includes Olivia Rodrigo, BTS, Billie Eilish, Silk Sonic, Brandi Carlile, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, Jon Batiste, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, J Balvin with Maria Becerra, HER, Nas, Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, and a special In Memoriam performance with songs by Stephen Sondheim by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt and Rachel Zegler. The show will also pay special tribute to Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died aged 50 last week while the band was touring South America.

The show will also spotlight three music genres gospel/Christian, tropical Latin and bluegrass – which aren’t traditionally part of the show, presumably as bumpers leading into commercial breaks. The list of artists to appear in this format are Maverick City Music, Aymee Nuviola and Billy Strings respectively. Maverick City Music is nominated in the gospel and Christian music categories.

Nuviola is up for a tropical Latin album, while Strings is a contender for American roots and bluegrass album honors.

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