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Lady Gaga: How Tony Bennett And I Became 'Fast Friends'

How Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Became 'Fast Friends'

Originally posted 07/29/2014 11:30AM

They may look like an unlikely duo – the decade's most provocative pop star next to an 87-year-old jazz crooner – but Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett had an instant connection when they met three years ago.

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PHOTO: Tony Bennett Gives Away Daughter Antonia at Her Wedding | Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett Gives Away Daughter Antonia at Her Wedding

Originally posted 04/29/2013 06:35PM

He left his heart ... at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Crooner Tony Bennett swooned over his daughter Antonia, who is also a singer, in a Tweet accompanying a photo of him giving her away to new husband Ronen Helmann at the ceremony.

"Congratulations to my beautiful daughter, Antonia," he wrote. "What a fabulous wedding."

A source tells PEOPLE that the ceremony, which Bennett attended with his wife Susan, took place Sunday night at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Grammy Awards Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston, Etta James

Originally posted 02/13/2012 02:30PM

On a night intended to pay homage to the biggest names in music today, two of the Grammy Awards's biggest honorees were the megastars no longer in the room: Etta James and Whitney Houston.

After host LL Cool J opened Sunday's ceremony with a prayer for Houston, announcing "a death in our family," the audience rose in a standing ovation.

"When a truly great artist leaves us, their legacy lives on," Alicia Keys later told the stars gathered at Los Angeles's Staples Center, before joining Bonnie Raitt in a graceful cover of James's "A Sunday Kind of Love."

But the most moving tribute came from Jennifer Hudson, whose elegant but understated rendition of Houston's "I Will Always Love You" brought audience members to their feet once again.

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Why Did Alec Baldwin Skip the Emmys?

Alec Baldwin Explains Why He Skipped the Emmys

Originally posted 09/19/2011 07:30AM

It was a birthday party that kept Emmy nominee Alec Baldwin away from TV's biggest night, not the fact that his opening skit got cut, he says.

"I didn't skip the Emmys because of that," the 30 Rock star told reporters Sunday at singing legend Tony Bennett's 85th birthday gala in New York. "I skipped the Emmys because of this – because I wanted to be here."

Baldwin, 53, says he agreed to host the gala a year ago, long before the awards show was scheduled. "The Emmys have been in August for the last several years, but they moved to this date and I'd already committed to this."

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Amy Winehouse's 28th Birthday Marked with Song Launch

Originally posted 09/14/2011 07:55AM

Wednesday would have been the 28th birthday of Amy Winehouse.

To mark the day, the song "Body and Soul" – which Winehouse recorded as a duet with Tony Bennett a few months before she was found found dead on July 23 – is being released, with proceeds from sale going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation established by her family, "to support charities and organisations undertaking charitable activities in both the United Kingdom and abroad who help, support, or care for young people," according to a statement.

On the foundation's website a good-humored Amy can be seen in a clip, noting that the song is her father Mitch's favorite. She also jokes about meeting Bennett – "Can I call him 'Tone'?" she asks.

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Highlights: Top 5 MTV VMA Moments | Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga

MTV Video Music Awards: Top 5 Moments

Originally posted 08/29/2011 02:15AM

Yes, the biggest jaw-dropper of the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday happened on the black carpet before the show even began: Beyoncé's baby bump reveal. But that was hardly the only surprise of the famously unpredictable show.

Among the night's big winners: Katy Perry, who scored three Moon Men – her first-ever – including Video of the Year for "Firework;" British soul singer Adele, who won three trophies for her mega-hit "Rolling in the Deep" (and received a standing ovation for her stunning live performance of "Someone Like You"); and Justin Bieber for Best Male Video ("U Smile").

A rundown of the night's other buzz-worthy moments:

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Which Was More Fun: Guest Performers or Scotty and Lauren's Kiss?

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Tom Jones, Tim McGraw, the Kiss and More Highlights from the Idol Finale

Originally posted 05/26/2011 09:45AM

It was an American Idol finale for the record books: Steven Tyler sang "Dream On," Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony shared a dance and a kiss on stage, country legends Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood wowed, James Durbin got his happy metal ending with Judas Priest, Tom Jones showed the men of the top 13 how it's done and Haley Reinhart even sang a snazzy version of "Steppin' Out with My Baby" with Tony Bennett.

But the night belonged to Scotty McCreery, who took home the Idol crown.

"It was just a moment I will never forget," said McCreery, 17, of his win. "This was all about me being able to accomplish my dreams. I'm an American Idol. That was a huge dream. It's time for me to start my career. The real work begins."

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Barack Obama to Honor His Musical Hero, Stevie Wonder

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Barack Obama to Honor His Musical Hero, Stevie Wonder

Originally posted 02/24/2009 10:15AM

During Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Stevie Wonder honored him in song at rallies and fundraisers. Now the President is returning the favor to the artist he's called his musical hero.

On Wednesday, Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will present Wonder, 58, with the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The salute, to be held in the White House's East Room and broadcast Thursday night on PBS, will feature artists including Martina McBride (who will sing Wonder's hit "You and I"), Will.I.Am, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon and India.Arie.

Obama last year told Rolling Stone that he really got into music during Wonder's heyday in the early '70s, when Wonder released albums like Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. "So that was a guy I loved," Obama said.

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Whoopi Goldberg Crushes on John Mayer!

Whoopi Goldberg Crushes on John Mayer!

Originally posted 09/24/2008 10:30AM

Make room for one more on the John Mayer bandwagon!

After the singer's rousing, three-song performance at Tony Bennett's Exploring The Arts Gala in Manhattan Tuesday night, emcee Whoopi Goldberg took to the stage smiling like a teenaged girl.

"Oh my God! How cute is John Mayer?" The View host, 52, said to the cheering crowd, which included Gayle King, Regis Philbin, Terrence Howard and Quincy Jones. "In the old days, I'da snatched him up," she continued to roars of laughter. "Now, I'm too tired."

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