After the Oscar show, while the 1,500 guests of the Governors Ball will not be sitting down to dinner–the Academy is feting them buffet style this year–they will be treated to a performance by music legend Tony Bennett. Academy president Tom Sherak calls the 85-year-old crooner “that rare artist who truly reaches across generations. Welcoming him to the Ball is an honor and privilege.” More on Bennett below (along with a video of him singing with Norah Jones):
Bennett, who recently celebrated his 85th birthday, made music history last September when his “Duets II” album debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, distinguishing him as the oldest artist to achieve the top position. Earlier this month he won his 16th and 17th Grammy® Awards: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Duets II” and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Body and Soul,” recorded with the late Amy Winehouse. Bennett earned his first Grammy in 1962 for “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
Bennett also is a two-time Emmy® Award winner, a Kennedy Center Honoree and an NEA Jazz Master. His dozens of albums have sold millions of copies worldwide.