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'There wasn't a dry eye,' an eyewitness tells ET.

Tony Bennett has taken his final bow.

The 95-year-old singer performed his last-ever show  at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Thursday, accompanied by his longtime collaborator, Lady Gaga . An eyewitness told ET that the show, titled  One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga , was "so special."

"Lady Gaga was so sweet about him and really encouraged the audience to make him feel special," the eyewitness said. "Tony kept pausing to take it in and wave to the audience. At the end of every song he sang, he'd put both arms out and say, 'Wow' or 'beautiful.' It was really special."

"At the very end, Lady Gaga asked if she could walk him off stage 'one last time,'" the eyewitness added. "There wasn't a dry eye there."

Ahead of the show, Lady Gaga took to Twitter to share her excitement about the evening. "Can't wait for our last show tonight Tony," she wrote. "The world loves you, and we're all so lucky to witness your gift, your generosity and your joy tonight at Radio City."

She also shared a clip from their new " I Get a Kick Out of You " music video, out now.

Lady Gaga also attended an after-party at Tommy Tardie’s property, Fine & Rare, which was hosted by Brian Newman and included guests Jon Batiste and Michael Bearden.

ET reported last month that Bennett and Gaga would be sharing the stage together one last time amid his  battle with Alzheimer's disease . He was first diagnosed with the neurological disorder in 2016.

"We couldn't be prouder to host such a special engagement with two of the most iconic entertainers of our time," Darren Pfeffer, Executive Vice President, Live, Madison Square Garden Entertainment, shared in a statement at the time. "Both Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are synonymous with New York City, making the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall the perfect place to honor their decade long friendship and celebrate Mr. Bennett's 95th birthday."

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga to Pair Up for Final Shows Together in August

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will join forces for a pair of shows at Radio City Music Hall in August that are being billed as their final appearances together, reps for the two singers announced Monday morning.

The “One Last Time: an Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga” shows will take place August 3 and 5, with tickets available for purchase here . All ticketholders will be required to show proof of vaccination.

The first of the two nights is Bennett’s 95th birthday. The reason for advertising these as the final shows the two will do together may have less to do with his advanced age, though, than the fact that Bennett was diagnosed with dementia five years ago — a condition that was discovered in 2016, but not revealed to the public until early 2021. In the intervening years, his condition progressed slowly enough that he was able to continue to tour and record.

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Indeed, Gaga and Bennett recently made a second album together that will be released later this year, a successor to 2014’s chart-topping, Grammy-winning “Cheek to Cheek.”

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The initial block of tickets is being released to Citi card members and will go on sale at Livenation.com at 10 a.m. Wednesday in local time zones, with the general set for the same time the following day.

No phones will be allowed inside the venue, reps say, and attendants will collect attendees’ smart devices and put them in Yondr pouches that can only be opened in lobby unlocking stations.

The duo previously performed two shows at Radio City Music Hall in 2015.

“We couldn’t be prouder to host such a special engagement with two of the most iconic entertainers of our time,” said Darren Pfeffer, executive VP of live at Madison Square Garden Entertainment. “Both Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are synonymous with New York City, making the great stage at Radio City Music Hall the perfect place to honor their decade long friendship and celebrate Mr. Bennett’s 95th birthday,.”

Reps say the Tony Bennett Quartet and the Brian Newman Quintet will be joined by a big band and orchestra, conducted by Michael Bearden.

The two last performed together when Bennett was a surprise guest for several numbers at the opening night of Gaga’s “Jazz” residency in Las Vegas in January 2019, pictured above.

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The Special Originally Aired Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 and Features Tony Bennett’s Historic 95 th Birthday Appearance

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ONE LAST TIME: AN EVENING WITH TONY BENNETT AND LADY GAGA, a concert special honoring the musical legacy and enduring friendship of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, will air a special encore this Sunday, July 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/ PT) on the CBS Television Network, and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. The Special originally aired Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021.

Filmed at two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall in August 2021 to celebrate Bennett’s 95 th birthday, the live concert brings together the two incredible entertainers, honoring their shared love of the Great American Songbook. The special, which includes Tony Bennett’s historic last concert appearance before announcing his retirement from touring also features solo performances by him and Lady Gaga, followed by several of their famous duets. The musical repertoire for the special highlights the 10 years of the performers’ association, from their first duet recording “Lady Is a Tramp” to selections from their two collaborative albums, Cheek to Cheek and the newly released Love For Sale .

First, Lady Gaga sings the following jazz standards:

“Luck Be a Lady”

“Orange Colored Sky”

“Let’s Do It”

“New York, New York”

Next, Tony Bennett shares some of his signature songs, including:

“Watch What Happens”

“Steppin’ Out”

“Fly Me to the Moon”

“I Left My Heart in San Francisco”

The special culminates with the pairing of these remarkable artists on the following classic hits:

“Lady Is a Tramp”

“Love for Sale”

“Anything Goes”

ONE LAST TIME: AN EVENING WITH TONY BENNETT AND LADY GAGA is a production of Alex Coletti Productions. Alex Coletti, Bruce Gillmer, Jack Sussman, Danny Bennett and Bobby Campbell are executive producers. Alex Coletti also serves as director. Gillian Appleby is supervising producer and Allison Roithinger serves as producer.

*Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service, as well as on demand. Paramount+ Essential subscribers will not have the option to stream live, but will have access to on-demand the day after the special airs.


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'He's my musical companion': Lady Gaga salutes, duets with Tony Bennett 'One Last Time'

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NEW YORK – Two of New York's finest entertainers made magic on one of the city's most iconic stages. 

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga came together last August at Radio City Music Hall for "One Last Time," the first of two farewell shows the longtime friends and collaborators played in the leadup to their second joint album, "Love for Sale." A TV special drawn from the two shows, "One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga,"  aired in November on.

The seemingly unlikely duo first met in 2011 and released a jazz album, "Cheek to Cheek," in 2014. Since then, Gaga has released two solo efforts including last year's "Chromatica" and won a best original song Oscar for "Shallow" from 2018's "A Star is Born." Bennett, meanwhile, recorded two other duets albums with Bill Charlap and Diana Krall. He revealed in February that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. 

Bennett, who turned 95 a day before the performances, was diagnosed with the disease in 2016. But the music legend was as spry and charismatic as ever as he performed a roughly half-hour solo set for the sold-out Radio City crowd, which gave him a standing ovation after nearly every song. Set-list highlights included "Steppin' Out with My Baby," "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Last Night When We Were Young," as Bennett poignantly crooned about "the arms that clung when we were young last night." 

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The jazz icon's "This Is All I Ask" was similarly emotional, particularly as Bennett lingered on the ballad's haunting final lines: "And let the music play as long as there's a song to sing / And I will stay younger than spring." Throughout his set, Bennett stood by a piano center stage and rarely spoke, aside from the occasional "thank you," "wow" and "whoa" in between songs. But his frequent air kisses and thumbs up to the audience signaled that he knows how much he is loved. 

Gaga, 35, sweetly served as both emcee and hype woman during the hour-and-a-half concert. The pop star opened for Bennett with an unabashedly theatrical performance, featuring two sumptuous costume changes as she shook, shimmied and slinked across the stage in full lounge singer mode. 

Joking about some of her on-stage mishaps earlier in the night, including nearly losing her wig while dancing, Gaga proclaimed, "So far, I've called Tony Bennett 'Tony Benny,' and my hair fell out. Things can only get better." 

The chameleonic singer was both sultry and sincere throughout her standards-filled set, charmingly playing off bandmates as well as audience members, some of whom were seated at tables on stage to help evoke the show's jazz club vibe. She spoke at length about her hypothetical funeral introducing "Coquette," deadpanning that she wants to be cremated. ("I've already bought my urn. What if I go and someone gives me a perm and puts me in a pink dress or some [expletive]?") She also dedicated a stirring "What a Difference a Day Makes" to brave front-line doctors and nurses. 

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One of the night's undeniable highlights was Gaga's phenomenal one-two punch of "La Vie en Rose," which she famously sang in "A Star is Born," and "New York, New York," which she used to introduce Bennett mid-show. She heartwarmingly dedicated the former to her sister, fashion designer Natali Germanotta, whom she tearfully serenaded by running into the audience and singing directly to her. 

"Sorry, I had to go sing to my sister for a second," Gaga apologized after literally climbing back up on stage. "Some things are more important than showbiz." 

"New York, New York," too, was rousing, as Gaga donned a top hat and the crowd of cheering, clapping New Yorkers sang along. 

"Start spreading the news / It's Tony Bennett's birthday," she sang in her glorious throaty belt, adding, "He's my friend. He's my musical companion. He's the greatest singer in the whole world." 

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After leading Radio City in a tender "happy birthday" song, Gaga performed three tunes with Bennett at the end of the night: "The Lady is a Tramp," "Anything Goes" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)." He closed the concert with a beautiful rendition of his 1962 classic "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." 

"You've been a good audience. I love this audience," Bennett said just before his encore. 

"And another round of applause for Mr. Tony Bennett," Gaga said reverently, bowing to her friend and giving him a kiss on the cheek, before walking off stage hand in hand. 

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett , one of the most unlikely duos in pop music today, teamed up for a final string of shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City as part of “two nights only to celebrate a decade of music and friendship”.

Last night, the duo took the stage together as part of their last string of shows for One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga on Tuesday 3 August. Their final concert takes place tonight (Thursday 5 August) . The concert has tickets still for sale ranging from $291 (£208) to as much as $1,547 (£1,110) per ticket.

Bennett, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, performed a 30-minute set of songs including “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Steppin’ Out with My Baby”, without much talking in between.

The singer stood by a piano in the centre of the stage, saying only “thank you” and “wow” to the crowd, who reportedly gave him a standing ovation after nearly every song.

Lady Gaga opened for Bennett with a set that lasted an hour and a half. The singer had a costume mishap when her wig almost flew off while she was dancing.

She joked about the mishap saying: “things can only get better”.

Before performing the song, What a Difference a Day Makes , Gaga dedicated it to front-line doctors and nurses, telling the audience: “We all know we just went through at least a year and a half of Covid, and we’re still going”.

Bennett celebrated his 95th birthday on 3 August. The performances are being called “Bennett’s last NYC performances of his career, set appropriately at a venue that he has enjoyed a multi-decade run of sold-out shows”.

The performances were recorded for a forthcoming TV special. The duo will release their new album Love for Sale on 1 October.

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You'll cry watching Lady Gaga escort Tony Bennett off stage at his final concert

Gaga thanks Bennett for his service and contributions to the music industry before escorting him off stage at his final performance on the CBS special One Last Time.

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett might've performed their last-ever concert as an on-stage duo, but their emotional legacy will live on through the music they've made together—a decade-long partnership Gaga paid dutiful tribute to as she escorted the 95-year-old off stage for the last time.

"Tony, we're all so grateful to have witnessed your talent, your generosity, your creativity, your kindness, and your service through all the years," the House of Gucci star tells Bennett in CBS and EW's cohosted clip below, recorded in the final moments of their One Last Time concert special that aired Sunday night on the network.

After Bennett, whose family revealed his ongoing struggle with Alzheimer's disease earlier this year , thanked Gaga, she looked into his eyes for the show's emotional conclusion: "Mr. Bennett, it would be my honor to escort you off the stage," she said, and took his arm as they walked out of view to a thunderous standing ovation from the crowd at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall.

The two-night concert series—recorded in August as part of Bennett's birthday celebration—also included the pair performing individual numbers as well as duets from their second joint album, Love for Sale , which scored Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Record of the Year ("I Get a Kick Out of You") last week. Bennett finished the gig with a signature tune, belting "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" before leaving the stage with Gaga.

In a 60 Minutes special tied to Gaga and Bennett's shows together, Bennett's wife, Susan Benedetto, spoke to Anderson Cooper about how the legend's diagnosis has impaired his short-term memory, but his singing talents and ability to recite lyrics remain intact. During the One Last Time broadcast on Sunday, Bennett introduced Gaga on stage by name for the first time in "a long time," according to the Oscar-winning pop icon, who got emotional when Bennett recognized her during the set.

"I had to keep it together because we had a sold-out show, and I had a job to do. But I'll tell you, when I walked out on that stage and he said, 'It's Lady Gaga,' my friend saw me, and it was very special," she told Cooper, later adding: "It's not a sad story. It's emotional. It's hard to watch somebody change. I think what's been beautiful about this and what's been challenging is to see how it affects him in some ways, but to see how it doesn't affect his talent. I think he really pushed through something to give the world the gift of knowing that things can change and you can still be magnificent."

One Last Time is now streaming on Paramount+. Watch EW's clip—cohosted with CBS—of Gaga escorting Bennett off stage at his final concert in the Instagram post above.

Hear more on all of this week's must-see picks in EW's What to Watch Podcast , hosted by Gerrad Hall.

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Tony Bennett might have left his heart in San Francisco, but his soul was ever-present during his final live performance. One Last Time With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Watch 4 Performances From CBS Concert Special View List

CBS on Sunday offered viewers a front-row seat to One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga , a primetime special marking Bennett’s last concert appearance before announcing his retirement from touring. Filmed in August, the hour consisted of 11 showtunes performed at Radio City Music Hall in celebration of Bennett’s birthday.

“How do you honor the most important and enduring voice of the last century?” Gaga asked at the top of the show. “Someone who has been a mentor, a savior and a dear friend?

“Tony’s career has spanned eight decades — and in all of that time, he has never given less than his very best,” she said. “So, that is how I want to honor him tonight: By giving him more than I ever knew I had, and making Tony proud.”

Gaga kicked things off with a four-song set, beginning with “Luck Be a Lady.” That was followed by “Orange Colored Sky,” “Let’s Do It” and “New York, New York.”

Bennett came out next, performing “Watch What Happens,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” He was also accompanied by Gaga on three songs — “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “Love for Sale” and “Anything Goes” — before he closed things out with “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

Bennett and Gaga first collaborated on Bennett’s 2011 release Duets II , before they put out two complete albums together: 2014’s Cheek to Cheek (which took home a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album in 2015) and 2021’s Love for Sale (which recently netted six Grammy noms ).

Bennett, now 95, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2017. His family first went public with his diagnosis in February, and a revealing 60 Minutes segment followed in October (which you can view here ).

Click on the attached listicle to watch (or rewatch) select performances, then vote in our poll and tell us which songs touched you most. Afterwards, drop a comment with your full review of One Last Time .

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Incredible. I saw them perform together in New Orleans at Jazz Fest when they were promoting their first album together. Awesome pairing.

… hard to pick just 3! A+ special…

I’m nearly 70 years old, which means I’ve been listening to Tony Bennett for more than 69 years. (My parents were huge fans.)

It was wonderful see him singing one last time,

The joy on his face 😍

LOL. TY! GAGA and Bennett, AMAZEBALLS. Our mother was a professional jazz singer from the 50s to the 2000s and she would have LOVED LOVED LOVED this show. I was in tears MOST of the time. A real showing of love and talent and good clean pop culture with LEGS and deep heritage. TYTYTY Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Long may they thrive.

If your mother was a jazz singer, she would have gagged at Gaga’s terrible phrasing and vocalizing. You should know that considering your background.

Don’t be a Ken, Karen. So uncalled for and inappropriate.

Mr tony Bennett’s , I grew up with his music. I am lucky to have heard him thru the years . God Bless you !

Lady Gaga was obnoxious, rowdy, clumsy, classless, and awful. She upstaged Bennett, distracted from him, and made it all about herself. They have nothing in common musically. Tony Bennett is an icon. Lady Gaga is a self-promoting jerk who had no respect for what that evening was all about-Tony Bennett’s 95th birthday.

I unfortunately have to agree. What was with all that crazy arm gesturing. Her behavior was distracting and a lot of her movement was out of cinque with the music and completely unnecessary. Class doesn’t need all that and Tony’s music is smooth and classy.

I agree. I wanted more Tony and far less Gaga. She didn’t have to stand completely still, but all of that movement was uncalled for.

I have to agree – her “dance” moves were terrible – she looked like she had no rhythm

Agreed. I think her intentions are good but her dancing was awkward.

Here is the thing. Tony is old and has Alzheimer’s, so Gaga was filling in a lot of the time. She did what was needed. I do however think she needs a choreographer for jazz singing, because her moves were so bizarre, and as others have said, she looked like she has no rhythm , and was out of sync with the music. Anyway, he could not have done an entire concert himself, It’s just too much for him now, and I think she gave him all the kudos. Like it or not, her voice is amazing.

Never mind, you & your comments aren’t worth it.

God bless Tony Bennett. He was fabulous!!!

Lady Gaga was like a combination of Liza Minelli and Tina Turner, and not in a good way. It was kind of like watching the Frankenstein’s Monster of show biz.

The fact that Mr. Bennett chose to record not one, but two, albums with Gaga proves that he respects her talent and doesn’t judge her. They are different and that’s the point. It shows that two completely different people can make beautiful music together. If you’d seen them on tour you would know that Gaga does what she does and Tony does what he does. They accept each other, and love each other unconditionally, and they make great music together. If only the world followed their example of kindness and tolerance for difference perhaps this world would be better.

It was a wonderful show but does anyone know why the iconic introduction to “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” was omitted from the performance of the song? …BIG MISTAKE TO LEAVE IT OFF!

SPOILER ALERT:: Watched and dvr’d it and have re-watched 3x already. Tony is awesome, Gaga is awesome, together they are the awesomest! (I just made that word up) I went back and watched the Oct 60Min vid and cried my eyes out. Now I understand Gaga’s reaction on stage when Tony recognized her and said her name! Two music icons together is a treasure. WHEN WILL IT BE ON DVD?

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There was his acclaimed MTV Unplugged from 1994 — featuring k.d. lang and Elvis Costello — and his two Duets albums in 2006 and 2011, which featured fellow legends both old (Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Elton John) and new (John Legend, Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones). And while Bennett released collaborative albums with other artists, like lang and Diana Krall, it was his musical relationship with Lady Gaga that defined the final decade of his career.

May 9, 2011: “Lady, you’re a jazz singer”

Gaga and Bennett first crossed paths at the 2011 Robin Hood Foundation gala in New York City, where both were performing. Gaga had performed a rendition of Nat King Cole’s “Orange Colored Sky,” and after the show, she was told Bennett wanted to meet her. As Gaga recalled at their final concert: “I sang a couple jazz numbers that night, so I was real, real nervous to meet Tony Bennett — plus, I looked crazy. I had blonde in my hair and black in my hair, red lipstick, I had four big velvet moles on my face. I was doing my thing. And I went to meet Mr. Benett, and he said, ‘Lady, you are a jazz singer.’”

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Gaga and Bennett’s first song together was “The Lady Is a Tramp,” a Rodgers and Hart show tune from the 1937 musical, Babes in Arms . Recorded at Avatar Studio in Manhattan, the song eventually opened Bennett’s Duets II . Present at the recording session was the great journalist Gay Talese, who documented the entire proceedings for an article published in The New Yorker in September.

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In an interview with Rolling Stone , Bennett spoke about working with Gaga on “The Lady Is a Tramp”: “She came in so prepared and so knowledgeable about what to do. She’s as good as Ella Fitzgerald or anybody you want to come up with. And that’s without her dancing and her philosophies about breaking myths that are incorrect and social situations. She’s very strong. I know it sounds way out, but she could become America’s Picasso if they leave her alone and let her just do what she has to do. She is very, very talented.”

Sept. 28, 2012: The collaboration continues

While promoting his multi-lingual Viva Duets project, Bennett broke the news to Rolling Stone that he and Gaga were planning to record an album together. “Of all things, she called me from New Zealand and said, ‘I want to do a jazz album with you,’” Bennett said. “We’re gonna do a jazz album with [composer] Marion Evans, a big swing band, and I’m looking forward to it because a lot of people don’t know it, but she’s a phenomenal jazz singer.”

Spring – Summer 2013: Cheek to Cheek sessions

The recording of Cheek to Cheek finally got underway during the spring and summer of 2013. Gaga later recalled her nerves at the time, saying, “I was so nervous to go into the studio with him, I just wanted him to hear I have an authentic jazz voice and that I studied that. “f he can hear that, I’m okay. If he can’t hear it, I’m not an authentic jazz voice.”

June 18, 2014: Tattoo you

One of Lady Gaga’s latest tattoo? A sketch of Miles Davis’ trumpet , drawn by Bennett himself.

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July 29, 2014: “Anything Goes”

After nearly two years of waiting, Gaga and Bennett officially announced Cheek to Cheek and shared the first single, a version of the Cole Porter classic, “Anything Goes.” Coinciding with the album announcement, the pair took the stage at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center in New York for a performance that was recorded and later released as Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!

Ahead of the concert, Bennett and Gaga teased the album to Rolling Stone , with Bennett saying, “It’s all the great songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, all the greatest composers. No other country has ever given the rest of the world so many magnificent songs, and they’re gonna live forever. Wait ’til you find out when she sings those songs.” 

Aug. 26, 2014: Behind the scenes

Ahead of the release of Cheek to Cheek , Gaga and Bennett shared a music video for their take on “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” which featured a ton of behind-the-scenes footage from the studio sessions. 

Sept. 19, 2014: Number One

Cheek to Cheek arrived and debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, selling 131,000 copies in its first week.

December 2014: A very good year

Gaga and Bennett capped off their big year together with a string of memorable performances. Early in the month, they stopped by The Tonight Show for a mini set that included “Cheek to Cheek” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).” Gaga also delivered a solo rendition of Cole Porter’s “Every Time We Say Goodbye.” A couple of weeks later, they rang in 2015 with a special New Year’s Eve performance in Las Vegas. 

Feb. 8, 2015: Grammy gold

At the 57th Grammy Awards, Cheek to Cheek was honored with Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, while Gaga and Bennett also took the stage for a rendition of the title track. In an interview with Rolling Stone backstage that night, Gaga reflected on her creative partnership and friendship with Bennett: “I think something I was craving for myself was a truly authentic collaboration, a true artistic exchange,” she said. “With Tony I found not only that, but I found a friend. Not only do we spend a lot of time together and make music, but we talk. It’s been an incredible experience all the way around.”

April to August 2015: On the road

Dec 16. 2016: an all-star tribute.

Lady Gaga joined Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Stevie Wonder, and many more for a tribute concert celebrating Bennett’s 90th birthday. Gaga fittingly performed the first song she and Bennett recorded together, “The Lady Is a Tramp,” and also performed a rendition of the Édith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose.” 

Feb. 1, 2021: Bittersweet reunion

After the whirlwind Cheek to Cheek era, Bennett and Gaga went their separate ways for a few years. Bennett continued to tour and released a collaborative album with Krall, Love Is Here to Stay , in 2018; and Gaga did Gaga, dropping Joanne in 2016 and Chromatica in 2020, while launching her acting career with A Star Is Born and House of Gucci as well. Word that the pair had reunited and recorded a new album finally arrived in 2021 — but it was accompanied by the news that Bennett was battling Alzheimer’s disease. 

According to an AARP Magazine story at the time, Bennett and Gaga recorded the Cheek to Cheek follow-up between 2018 and 2020, as Bennett’s Alzheimer’s was progressing. Bennett’s son, and longtime manager, Danny Bennett, recalled speaking with Gaga about going public with the crooner’s diagnosis: “I wanted to check with her to make sure she was cool, because she watches his back all the time,” he said. “She was like, ‘Absolutely, it’s just another gift that he can give to the world.’”

Aug. 3 & 5, 2021: A birthday bash and a big goodbye

Gaga and Bennett took the stage at Radio City Music Hall for a pair of special reunion concerts . The two shows were meant to celebrate Bennett’s 95th birthday, but they also proved to be the crooner’s last live performances. A few days after the concerts, the singer’s family canceled his remaining shows for the year and announced that he would retire from touring . The Radio City concerts were filmed and later aired as a concert special, One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga .

Sept. 30, 2021: Love for Sale

Dec. 17, 2021: unplugged (redux).

About a month before their Radio City Music Hall shows, Gaga and Bennett quietly recorded an intimate set for MTV’s long-running Unplugged series . The special finally aired in December, featuring performances of songs like “Night and Day” and I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

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Gaga also took the stage solo for a special tribute to Bennett , performing “Love for Sale” and “Do I Love You” in his honor. Bennett even appeared in a pre-taped video to introduce the performance, while footage of the pair performing and recording together played behind Gaga as she delivered an emotional rendition of “Do I Love You.” 

“I love you, Tony, we miss you,” Gaga said straight into the camera as the audience roared. 

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UPDATED with CBS special: MTV has set three back-to-back re-airings of its two Unplugged specials featuring Tony Bennett , commemorating the beloved singer’s death today at 96. MTV Unplugged : Tony Bennett from 1994 will return tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT, followed by 2021’s MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga at 11.

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When Bennett was a guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien later that year, the host asked him about the reasons for his newfound hip status. “Hey, I’ve been unplugged all my life,” the singer said.

Fast-forward 17 years, and the cable channel aired a second MTV Unplugged with Bennett, this time also featuring his latter-day collaborator Lady Gaga. That show was recorded in NYC on July 2, 2021, a few months after Bennett and his family revealed his Alzheimer’s diagnosis . He was 94 and she was 35 when they performed a slew of Cole Porter standards they had recorded a few months earlier for the Top 10 album Love for Sale.

That LP gave Bennett the Guinness World Record for oldest person to release an album of all-original material. MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga was not released as an album, however.

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Dueted. Their Stars Were Reborn.

The crooner and the pop star seemed like unlikely collaborators when they joined up in 2014. But the two masters of reinvention inspired and bolstered each other’s careers.

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It’s still one of the most impressive flexes I’ve ever seen a musician pull off live — and at the age of 88, no less.

In 2015, during the third of four sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall , Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga were sharing a bill, promoting their chart-topping, cross-generational 2014 duets album, “Cheek to Cheek.” They had a light, snappy chemistry on the songs they sang together, but the best parts of the night were their solo sets, each inviting their respective fan bases — Bennett’s tasteful traditionalists and Gaga’s sartorially zany but spiritually sincere Little Monsters — into the other’s world.

For most of the concert, they’d been playing with a full band and orchestra, but for one number during his own set, Bennett summoned a single guitarist to join him in the snug radius of a spotlight. He told us the song was dedicated to his “best friend, Frank Sinatra,” and launched into a velvety rendition of “Fly Me to the Moon,” holding the microphone down at his side rather than bringing it to his lips. A few lines in, he set the mic down atop a piano and sang the rest without any amplification at all. The entire venue was suspended in a hush stillness, and Bennett’s voice was so strong and clear that you could hear every crystalline note, every enunciated lyric, even in the cheap seats.

It was spellbinding, and so quintessentially Tony Bennett: the unshowy elegance, the inevitable name-dropping and, above all, the ease with which he suddenly transformed from the rat-a-tat every-crooner into a phenomenally gifted belter who could project like an opera singer.

In August 2021, while battling Alzheimer’s disease, Bennett, who died on Friday at 96 , made his final public appearance on that very same stage, again with Lady Gaga. He once again demonstrated strength and resilience, this time by simply performing at all. A poignant “60 Minutes” segment captured Bennett’s struggles in rehearsals but his ultimate triumph when he took the stage. In run-throughs, Gaga said, “He called me ‘sweetheart.’ But I wasn’t sure he knew who I was.” She witnessed a startling transformation, though, anytime the band struck the opening notes of another song and Bennett began to sing.

“When the music comes on, something happens to him,” she said. “He knows exactly what he’s doing.”

Here was the final act of an unlikely collaboration that had changed the trajectory of each musician’s career. When Gaga first linked up with Bennett for “Cheek to Cheek,” some skeptics saw it as nothing more than a savvy distraction, a way for a wild pop instigator to rebrand as a throwback jazz singer in the wake of her first major flop, the overblown (if, in hindsight, somewhat underrated) 2013 album “Artpop.” But the gusto, reverence and musical intelligence she brought to her work with Bennett undoubtedly won her fans and respect from an older generation of listeners. As I was filing out of Radio City that night in 2015, I couldn’t keep track of how many people I’d heard muttering versions of, “I had no idea that Lady Gaga could actually sing !”

Bennett was no stranger to cannily timed reinvention, either. He stormed MTV when he was in his late 60s, recording an “Unplugged” album that featured collaborations with Elvis Costello and K.D. Lang, and that eventually won him a Grammy for album of the year. He sang with more eclectic and, in some cases, even younger musicians on his series of “Duets” albums, from 2006 to 2012. He found a kindred spirit in Amy Winehouse, but their connection was short-lived. Their great rendition of “Body and Soul,” for “Duets II,” was the last thing she ever recorded. It was released as a single posthumously, on what would have been Winehouse’s 28th birthday.

Gaga satisfied Bennett’s desire to stay active and involved with a younger generation of musicians, and her professional stability made her into the most committed of his duet partners. But Gaga has also said that Bennett’s mentorship “saved” her life. The then-octogenarian’s example allowed her to think beyond the successes or failures of the present moment, and to value a musical career’s longevity. “I was so sad. I couldn’t sleep. I felt dead,” Gaga said of the time before “Cheek to Cheek.” “And then I spent a lot of time with Tony. He wanted nothing but my friendship and my voice.”

It’s not that their voices or energies always blended particularly well — Gaga brought an antsy theatricality to their collaborations, while Bennett’s voice seemed to get even more laid-back and free of artifice as he aged — but the mutual admiration they shared was genuine enough to open the minds of their respective audiences and generational cohorts. With their Grammy-winning 2021 album of Cole Porter covers, “Love for Sale,” Bennett seemed to be passing the baton to Gaga, deeming her capable of continuing his lifelong task of keeping the Great American Songbook alive. And Gaga, in turn, was telling her Little Monsters to do their homework and appreciate American popular music’s rich history.

One of their last, and most bittersweet, moments of mutual respect came during that 2021 Radio City show, forever immortalized in a “60 Minutes” clip that has been making the rounds on social media on Friday. After weeks of calling her “sweetheart,” the name finally came back to him when they were — where else? — onstage. “Whoa!” Bennett cried, to his duet partner’s obvious delight. “Lady Gaga!”

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“Tony called me right after Cheek to Cheek came out and had gone No. 1,” Lady Gaga tells Apple Music, explaining the decision to follow up their successful duet album of Great American Songbook covers with an LP devoted solely to the music of Cole Porter. “He said, ‘I want to make this record with you, and it will be all Cole Porter songs,’ and I just thought it was a brilliant idea.” Gaga and Bennett breathe new life into some of Porter’s most timeless classics—“You’re the Top,” “Night and Day,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and of course the heartbreaking title track. Gaga takes a solo turn on “Do I Love You,” and as she tells it, Bennett provided her with the confidence to approach the recording booth alone: “Tony gave me the inspiration and permission to hold court in the studio again,” she says. “He reminded me that I am the artist.” But the real magic happens when the two come together. “I know he’s 95 years old, but I see a young boy every time I sing with him,” Gaga dotes. “It makes the experience so freeing to have two souls singing together.”

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Lady Gaga has been hinting at new music for a while, posting photos of herself in the recording studio to Instagram in between filming her role as Harley Quinn in Joker 2 . She finally came out with the news that fans can soon expect her next album, now being called LG7 .

“I am in the studio every single day. I have written so many songs, I’ve been producing so many songs, and it’s nothing like anything that I’ve ever made before,” Gaga said. “I love to break genre, and I love to explore music. There’s something really beautiful about knowing that you will be loved no matter what you do.”

She explained that the Chromatica Ball Tour of 2022 really set the tone of her artistic process for the new songs.

“Something I’m definitely exploring right now is sort of the art of intensity and I think that the art of intensity actually began during this tour,” she explained. “But I’m not done with it yet.”

Here’s what we know about LG7 so far.

When will LG7 be released?

At the end of the film, a clip of one of Lady Gaga’s brand new songs played over the words, “LG7. Gaga returns.” There was no date, and the only lyrics that were really discernible sounded like “dance in the shadow...of the night.”

But there was no release date...yet.

What other albums has Gaga released?

As the title implies, this would be Lady Gaga’s seventh album after The Fame (2008), The Fame Monster (2009), Born This Way (2011), Artpop (2013), Joanne (2016), and Chromatica (2020).

She also collaborated with Tony Bennett on 2014’s Cheek to Cheek and 2021’s Love for Sale while working on the s oundtrack for 2018’s A Star Is Born .

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Who Is Lady Gaga?

Early life and career.

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28, 1986, in Yonkers, New York, to Cynthia and Joseph Germanotta. Now known as Lady Gaga (the inspiration for her name came from the Queen song "Radio Ga-Ga"), she has become an international pop star.

Gaga learned to play the piano by the age of 4. At the age of 11, she was accepted to the Juilliard School in Manhattan, but instead attended a private Catholic school in the city. She continued studying music and performing, writing her first piano ballad at the age of 13, and she held her first performance in a New York nightclub at the age of 14.

A few years later, Gaga was granted early admission to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts — she was one of only 20 students in the world to receive the honor of early acceptance. While there, she studied music and worked on her songwriting skills. She later withdrew from school to find creative inspiration. To make ends meet, she took three jobs, including a stint as a gogo dancer, while she honed her performance-art act.

In 2005, Lady Gaga was briefly signed by Def Jam Records, but was dropped just months later. Being dropped by the label propelled the singer to perform on her own in clubs and venues on New York City's Lower East Side. There, she collaborated with several rock bands, and began her experimentation with fashion.

Debut Album: 'The Fame'

In 2007, at the age of 20, Gaga began work at Interscope Records as a songwriter for other artists on the label, including Britney Spears , New Kids on the Block and The Pussycat Dolls. R&B singer Akon discovered Gaga while she was performing a burlesque show that she created, called "Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue." Impressed, Akon signed the performer to his label under the Interscope umbrella, Kon Live. Through 2007 and 2008, Gaga wrote and recorded her debut album, The Fame . The record received positive reviews and was successful in the United States. With the help of her own creative team, "Haus of Gaga," the performer also began to make a name for herself internationally.

'Just Dance,' 'Poker Face'

Lady Gaga's debut single, "Just Dance," was released to radio in early 2008, and received both popular and commercial acclaim. The song was then nominated for a Grammy Award (for best dance recording) in 2008. The song lost to Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," but this didn't keep Gaga from reaching No. 1 on the mainstream pop charts in January 2009. The second single off The Fame , "Poker Face," earned Gaga even more success. The song topped singles charts in almost every category, and in almost every country. Both songs were produced by Akon's affiliate RedOne, who co-wrote most of Lady Gaga's album.

'Born This Way'

Later in 2008, Lady Gaga opened for the newly reformed New Kids on the Block. She also collaborated with them on the song "Big Girl Now" from the group's album The Block . The following year, Gaga released an album of eight songs, The Fame Monster , followed by 2011's Born This Way . In 2013, Lady Gaga released her third studio album, Artpop . The album didn't resonate as strongly with her audience as her previous works. Among the shake-ups in her inner circle, she and her manager parted ways.

Working With Tony and Golden Globe

In 2014, she released an album of jazz duets with crooner Tony Bennett entitled Cheek to Cheek , which later won a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In an interview with Parade , Lady Gaga said of her latest collaboration, “Working with Tony has reaffirmed everything I knew but that you start to forget when your life changes and it gets really noisy. For ­Tony, it’s all about great music.”

Gaga continued to showcase her versatility and strength as a vocalist at the Academy Awards telecast in February 2015, paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music and actress/singer Julie Andrews by performing selections from the musical.

In 2021, Gaga and Bennett released their second collaborative album Love for Sale , which won best traditional pop vocal album at the Grammys in 2022.

Golden Globe for 'American Horror Story'

Later that year, Gaga also showed her gifts as an actress by co-starring in American Horror Story: Hotel , earning a Golden Globe for her portrayal of The Countess. At the ceremony, a visibly stunned and emotional Gaga acknowledged that acting was her first dream before she embraced music, and thanked her fellow cast members and producer Ryan Murphy for their support. Gaga returned to the show for its sixth season, playing a witch in American Horror Story: Roanoke.

In February 2016, Gaga, joined by guitarist/producer Nile Rodgers, performed a tribute to the late David Bowie . Paying homage to one of her biggest musical heroes, a red-wigged Gaga sang a short medley of Bowie's hits. She also performed at the 88th Annual Academy Awards, performing "Til It Happens to You" after being introduced by then-Vice President Joe Biden . The song was from the 2015 documentary The Hunting Ground , which looked at the issue of rape on college campuses. Assault survivors were brought to the stage toward the close of the song, with the performance earning a standing ovation.

Success With 'Joanne'

In October 2016, Gaga released her fifth studio album, Joanne , her fourth album to reach No. 1 in the United States and top the charts in countries around the world. Partnering with producer Mark Ronson, Gaga tapped into her own life story for the album that is named after her aunt and father's sister, Joanne Germanotta, who died of lupus complications at the age of 19 before Gaga was born. “Returning to your family and where you came from, and your history ... this is what makes you strong,” Lady Gaga told People magazine . “It’s not looking out that’s going to do that – it’s looking in. Joanne is a progression for me. It was about going into the studio and forgetting that I was famous.”

She also told People that her relationships influenced the stories she tells in Joanne . “When you listen to the album, it’s clear the influence that all the men in my life have made on this record," she said. "That’s at the center of it, as well: I always wanted to be a good girl. And Joanne was such a good girl. But I have such a rebellious spirit, and my father was always very angry. He drank because of his sister’s death. I was trying to understand him through making this record, and in that, also trying to understand why I love men that are cowboys.”

Gaga launched the Joanne World Tour in support of her latest album in August 2017. She later nabbed a Best Pop Solo Performance Grammy for the album's title track.

Super Bowl Performances

In 2016, Lady Gaga performed the national anthem at Super Bowl 50, and she returned the following year to headline the Super Bowl LI halftime show. She began her powerhouse performance on the roof of the NRG Stadium in Houston, singing parts of "God Bless America" and "This Land is Your Land" and reciting an excerpt of the pledge of allegiance before diving through the air suspended by wires to the stage. Her halftime show included a medley of her iconic songs including "Edge of Glory," "Bad Romance," "Poker Face," "Born This Way," "Telephone," "Just Dance," as well as "Million Reasons" from her album Joanne .

'A Star Is Born'

In 2016, it was announced that Gaga had been cast in a remake of A Star Is Born as Ally, a role previously inhabited by Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand . She was slated to co-star with Bradley Cooper , who was also making his directorial debut with the project.

A Star Is Born became a hit with audiences upon its October 2018 release, grossing an impressive $400 million globally. The co-stars both earned Academy Award nominations for their performances, while their duet for the film, "Shallow," produced Golden Globe, Grammy and Oscar wins for Gaga.

Las Vegas Residency

On December 19, 2017, Gaga announced via Instagram that she had signed on for a Las Vegas residency. The following August, she confirmed that she would begin her residency at MGM Resorts' Park Theater at the end of the year, performing two separate shows over 27 dates: Lady Gaga Enigma, a collection of her most popular songs, and Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano, which features stripped-down versions of her greatest hits as well as selections from the Great American Songbook.

'Chromatica' and 'One World'

With her sixth studio album, Chromatica , on the way, Gaga in February 2020 released the dance-worthy single "Stupid Love," her first new music in three years, along with a typically eye-catching video that showed her defeating the forces of evil with her "Kindness punks." Her follow-up single with Ariana Grande , "Rain on Me," dropped in late May, one week before the release of the well-received Chromatica .

Meanwhile, Gaga had teamed with the international advocacy group Global Citizen to organize the "One World: Together At Home" virtual concert in April. Featuring performances from luminaries like Paul McCartney , Elton John and Taylor Swift , the event raised more than $127 million to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Personal Life

On Valentine’s Day 2015, Lady Gaga became engaged to Chicago Fire actor Taylor Kinney. After five years together, in July 2016, it was reported that the couple called off their engagement and parted ways.

Gaga then got engaged to her agent, Christian Carino, in summer 2017. In February 2019, after the singer attended the Grammys without her fiancé, a representative confirmed that the engagement was off.

In early 2020, the entertainer extraordinaire went public with her relationship with tech CEO Michael Polansky.


  • Birth Year: 1986
  • Birth date: March 28, 1986
  • Birth State: New York
  • Birth City: New York City
  • Birth Country: United States
  • Gender: Female
  • Best Known For: Pop icon Lady Gaga's debut album, 'The Fame,' included the hits "Just Dance" and "Poker Face." She also won a Golden Globe for her role in 'American Horror Story' and an Oscar nomination for her co-starring role in 'A Star Is Born.'
  • Astrological Sign: Aries
  • New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
  • Cultural Associations
  • Italian American
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