Tony Bennett will perform at the Governors Ball, the celebration that will follow the 84th Academy Awards presentation tonight, Academy President Tom Sherak announced.
“Tony Bennett is that rare artist who truly reaches across generations,” said Sherak. “Welcoming him to the Ball is an honor and privilege.”
The 85-year old crooner made music history last September when his “Duets II” album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, distinguishing him as the oldest artist to achieve the top position.
Earlier this month Bennett 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. He earned his first Grammy in 1962 for “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
Bennett will perform for the Ball’s 1,500 guests, which will include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and performers, and other luminaries. The Ball will be held in the Grand Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center.
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