got tearful as she performed her final show with in CBS special, One Last Time, which aired on Sunday.
The glittering concert, which was held at‘s Radio City Music Hall in August, brought the curtain on iconic swing singer Tony’s 75-year recording career , as well as his 10-year working relationship with Gaga.
Sharing a poignant snap from the stage, Applause hitmaker Gaga, 35, wrote on Instagram: ‘The real ‘Lady’ of the hour is Susan Benedetto, Tony’s remarkable wife. Thank you Susan for how you love @itstonybennett.
Iconic: Lady Gaga got tearful as she performed her final show with Tony Bennett in CBS special, One Last Time, which aired on Sunday
‘I love you and Tony and the whole family so much. I’ll cry about tonight forever. #OneLastTime.’
The hour long show featured 11 songs including Fly Me to the Moon, I Left My Heart In San Francisco and Steppin’ Out With My Baby – as well as the pair’s duets Love For Sale and Anything Goes.
Gaga was also seen overcome with emotion as Tony called out her name as she arrived on stage in a glittering metallic dress.
She said in an interview last month: ‘That was the first time Tony said my name in a long time. I had to keep it together because we had a sold out show and I had a job to do…
Emotional: The glittering concert, which was held at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall in August, brought the curtain on iconic swing singer Tony’s 75-year recording career , as well as his 10-year working relationship with Gaga
‘But my friends saw me and it was very special.’
Introducing the show, the star said: ‘How do you honor the most important and enduring voice of the last century? 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 . So, that is how I want to honor him tonight. By giving him more than I ever knew I had, and making Tony proud.’
Earlier this month the pair shared a new music video for the song Night And Day.
The three-minute video sees the music professionals on their A-game as they deliver a riveting rendition of the classic jazz number
Musical: The hour long show featured 11 songs including Fly Me to the Moon, I Left My Heart In San Francisco and Steppin’ Out With My Baby – as well as the pair’s duets Love For Sale and Anything Goes
Fierce: The star looked incredible as she performed the swing numbers
Always sentimental, at some moments Gaga appeared to be on the verge of tears as she savored what was one of the last musical moments she shared with the renowned entertainer.
In a follow up to their Grammy-winning 2014 album Cheek to Cheek, the musical partners released Love for Sale, on October 1.
They first collaborated on the album Duets II back in 2011.
Bennett was secretly living with the Alzheimer’s since 2016 before his family announced it on Twitter in February.
Last week Gagachampioned collaborator as the reason the duo received six nominations for their album Love For Sale.
The superstar revealed she was ‘stunned’ by the recognition, and gushed over her music companion’ — who she said had the ‘idea’ for the record in the first place.
Moment: Gaga was also seen overcome with emotion as Tony called out her name as she arrived on stage in a glittering metallic dress
Delight: She said in an interview last month: ‘That was the first time Tony said my name in a long time. I had to keep it together because we had a sold out show and I had a job to do..
Dynamic duo: The pair thrilled the crowds at the incredible concert
Speaking to his character and immense musical talent despite his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Gaga revealed that ‘today’ he was able to ‘track every word’ she was saying and asserted above all: ‘there is nothing like the magic of music.’
The House Of Gucci star shared a darling portrait of the duo where she tenderly held onto him as he beamed at the camera.
Her lengthy caption was an emotional journey where she gave thanks for the Grammy nominations, while joyfully revealing that ‘today’ the Alzheimer’s stricken legend ‘understood’ the magnitude of the historic honor.
At 95-years-old Bennett officially made Grammy history as the oldest artist ever nominated in a ‘general field’ category.
‘Thank you so much to the @recordingacademy for these 6 nominations for Love For Sale. I am stunned and shocked and beyond grateful. I don’t know what to say. I just keep crying and am utterly speechless. This means so much to me, @itstonybennett, the Bennetts, my family, jazz music, and the great Cole Porter who wrote all these timeless classics.
‘I’ll never forget today and congratulating Tony on his 6 nominations. I’ll never forget that today he could track every word I was saying and understood the world was celebrating him and celebrating jazz – a genre that embodies the joy, abundance and imagination of Black music throughout history.
‘Thank you to all the Grammy voters for recognizing me and Tony’s dedication to jazz music and for also recognizing it in major categories where this music is often not nominated.
‘This album happened because it was Tony’s idea and I made him a promise that we would make it and we did. At 95 years old, he has more nominations than ever, I’m so honored to be his companion in music and his friend.
Force to be reckoned with: Lady Gaga championed collaborator Tony as the reason the duo received six Grammy nominations for their album Love For Sale
Momentous occasion: Her lengthy caption was an emotional journey where she gave thanks for the Grammy nominations, while joyfully revealing that ‘today’ the Alzheimer’s stricken legend ‘understood’ the magnitude of the historic honor
‘Thank you to the public for loving us, we surely love each other, and you. Believe in love and partnership, even with 60 years between us, and Alzheimer’s, there is nothing like the magic of music. I love you Tony, and the world loves you too. How could they not?’
Among the honors ‘Love for Sale’ was nominated for Album of the Year, while their track ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ received a nod for Record of the Year.
Additionally the duo was nominated for pop duo/group performance, traditional pop vocal album, music video and best engineered album non-classical.
Bennett made history as the oldest artist ever nominated in a ‘general field’ category and had previously broken the Guinness World Record for the oldest person to release an album of new material at 95 years and 57 days old.
Six nods: The duo’s latest album Love For Sale was nominated for Album of the Year among five other nods
Their jazz album Love For Sale features 12 tracks that are covers of classic songs including some penned by Cole Porter for Frank Sinatra as well as Broadway tunes.
In total Tony has won 20 Grammy awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, while Gaga has won 12 Grammys in total.
In February of this year, Bennett’s family revealed his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. His wife Susan Crow toldmagazine that he started to show signs in 2016 but began to decline two years later.
‘He’s not the old Tony anymore … But when he sings, he’s the old Tony,’ Crow said.
Gaga had previously said of his ability to dazzle on stage despite his diagnosis: ‘He gave the world the gift of knowing that things can change, and you can still be magnificent.’
Last win together: Gaga and Bennett first teamed up in 2014 for their collaborative album Cheek to Cheek which won the Grammy for traditional pop vocal album in 2015; pictured at the 57th Annual Grammys
WHAT IS ALZHEIMER’S?
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, in which build-up of abnormal proteins causes nerve cells to die.
This disrupts the transmitters that carry messages, and causes the brain to shrink.
More than 5 million people suffer from the disease in the US, where it is the 6th leading cause of death, and more than 1 million Britons have it.
As brain cells die, the functions they provide are lost.
That includes memory, orientation and the ability to think and reason.
The progress of the disease is slow and gradual.
On average, patients live five to seven years after diagnosis, but some may live for ten to 15 years.
- Loss of short-term memory
- Behavioral changes
- Mood swings
- Difficulties dealing with money or making a phone call
- Severe memory loss, forgetting close family members, familiar objects or places
- Becoming anxious and frustrated over inability to make sense of the world, leading to aggressive behavior
- Eventually lose ability to walk
- May have problems eating
- The majority will eventually need 24-hour care
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