February 12, 2019
Tony Bennet showed his timeless class at the 2019 Grammys with Diana Krall.
The sixty-first annual Grammy Awards showcased a dazzling array of musical talent, but few can rival 19-times Grammy Award winner Tony Bennett.
Bennett,92, was once again nominated and showed off his dapper blue suit on the arm of fellow nominee Diana Krall.
Bennett had won the 2018 Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90," and was the favorite for this year's Award.
"Tony Bennett Celebrates 90" featured some of music's greatest, including Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, Lady Gaga, k.d. lang, Leslie Odom Jr., Kevin Spacey, Rufus Wainwright, and Stevie Wonder.
Bennett was "discovered" by Bob Hope in 1950 when he was singing in a nightclub
The list of nominees for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for 2019 read like a who's who of music icons: Tony Bennett & Diana Krall for "Love Is Here to Stay," Willie Nelson for "My Way," Gregory Porter for "Nat King Cole & Me," Seal for "Standards," and Barbra Streisand for "The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic!"
This year's award went to country star Willie Nelson, a youngster at 85, who took home the 13th Grammy in his 63-year career.
Bennett had beaten Nelson in 2018 after the country star took the 2017 Award from him. We look forward to seeing which of these two talented giants wins in 2020.
Tony Bennett was born in 1926, in Queens, New York, and studied singing and painting. The singer is also a talented artist whose art hangs in many prestigious institutions.
Bennett was "discovered" by Bob Hope in 1950 when he was singing in a nightclub and Hope invited him to perform with him at New York’s Paramount Theatre.
Bennett was offered a contract with Columbia Records and he went on to record several hits including “Because of You,” “Cold, Cold Heart,” “Stranger in Paradise,” “Just in Time,” and “Rags to Riches.”
After 70 years, Bennett's career is still going strong, as is evidenced by his nomination for the 2019 Grammy Awards alongside crooner Diana Krall.
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