This is what you call an all-star party.
Lady Gaga and string of other music titans, including Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Billy Joel, are gathering together to celebrate Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday. Yup, you read correctly. That’s 90 years of age.
On Tuesday (August 2), the day before his actual birthday, Variety reported that NBC will honor the living legend with a very special TV broadcast titled “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come” on December 20 at 9 p.m. ET. Mother Monster and the aforementioned acts are some of the bigwigs set to make appearances with the music vet, but it doesn’t end there. Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, k.d. lang and Rufus Wainwright. Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Bruce Willis and even Homer Simpson (Yes, Homer Simpson) are also scheduled to make appearances during the special.
Exactly 10 years ago, NBC hosted a similar tribute to Bennett for his 80th birthday and it went on to win seven Emmy awards, so it’s easy to see why the network wants to celebrate his life once again.
“Since we celebrated Tony’s 80th birthday on NBC, it only seemed fitting that we should also stop and pay tribute to his 90th, a true milestone for the greatest living vocalist of popular music,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “Happy birthday, Tony, your achievements are epic and your voice has been the soundtrack of four generations. We and the entire music business are in awe.”
In case you weren’t aware, Tony Bennett has over 60 years in the game, 19 Grammy awards, 57 studio albums, 11 live LPs and is the oldest-living artist to score a No. 1 album with some help from, well, Mother Monster with their 2011 collaborative LP, Cheek To Cheek. Damnnnnnnn right.