Lady Gaga was moved to tears after paying an emotional tribute to Tony Bennett, a longtime friend and Grammy icon.
After being introduced by Bennett in a pre-recorded video, Gaga performed “Do I Love You” and “Love For Sale” at the 2022 Grammys on Sunday.
Following her emotional performance, which included a video montage of the two, Gaga sat on the stage’s edge and cried, placing her hand on her shoulder in place of Bennett’s.
Bennett is the second-oldest Grammy winner, with his album “Love for Sale” nominated for Album of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group, and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
In 2021, the 95-year-old legend revealed his Alzheimer’s diagnosis and announced his retirement from performing a few months later.
Tony Bennett has a long history with the Grammys, having won 20 awards in total, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
“When jazz begins … this man lights up in a way that is such magic,” Gaga told Billboard last year while holding back tears, adding that music can really help people suffering from the disease, which affects memory and eventually motor skills. “Music is magic. Music is a miracle.”
The “Chromatica” singer and music legend last performed together in New York City last fall at One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.
Their first album, “Cheek to Cheek,” was nominated for a Grammy in 2015 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.