Lady Gaga Performance at the Grammys: Glam Jazz Songs and an Intro by Tony Bennett

Lady Gaga took the stage at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, performing “Love for Sale” and “Do I Love You” from her album “Love for Sale,” which she recorded with her longtime friend and duet partner Tony Bennett.

Bennett offered a video introduction for his duet partner, offering a simple and heartfelt, “Hi everyone, please welcome Lady Gaga!” Gaga then brought the house down with an energetic rendition of “Love for Sale,” featuring a big band arrangement by Cole Porter standard. Gaga, glamorous in a mint strapless dress adorned with a large bow, then slowed things down to perform a jazzy piano rendition of “Do I Love You.” The video screen in the background showed footage of Gaga and Bennett in the studio recording the disc. The performance was a great showcase of Gaga’s vocal range and her ability to sing the classics as well as her more pop fare.

Variety announced on Friday that Bennett would not be joining Gaga for her performance at the Grammys. In a statement, Bennett’s son, Danny, said: “Although the producers have invited Tony and Gaga to perform on Sunday’s Grammys show, it is unfortunate that due to his continued struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, he could not accept. It was 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. He will be cheering her on as he watches from his home in New York.

Gaga and Bennett have been nominated for five Grammys this year, including Album of the Year and Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Their single “I Get a Kick Out of You” was up for Record of the Year, Pop Duo/Group Performance and Music Video. The album follows the duo’s jazz record “Cheek to Cheek,” which won the Grammy for Traditional Pop Vocal Album in 2015.

The two performed songs from “Love for Sale” last year for “MTV Unplugged” and Radio City’s two-night concert “One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga,” which was recorded for a CBS special. The making of their album was also captured in a documentary titled “The Lady and the Legend,” which is slated for release this year on Paramount Plus. Other than that, for the most part, Gaga has been promoting the album on her own, due to the 95-year-old Bennett’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, which was announced in early 2021.

Gaga is no stranger to holding the fort as a solo jazz artist, as she prepares to return to her ‘Jazz and Piano’ residency in Vegas later this month for a series of performances. She has been performing residency on and off since 2019 and returned to the stage last October after a hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.

The Grammys performance concludes a long awards season for Gaga, who was nominated at multiple ceremonies for her role as Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci.” Although she missed out on an Oscar nomination this year, she was on hand that night to present the Best Picture award alongside fellow entertainment legend Liza Minnelli.

After her Vegas dates, Gaga is gearing up to finally embark on her long-awaited Chromatica Ball tour, which kicks off July 17 in Dusseldorf, Germany.



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Grace D. Erickson