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Anthony Dominick Benedetto (born August 3, 1926),[1] known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York.[3] Born and raised in Astoria to an Italian-American
Italian-American
family, Bennett began singing at an early age. He fought in the final stages of World War II as a U.S. Army infantryman in the European Theater. Afterward, he developed his singing technique, signed with Columbia Records
Columbia Records
and had his first number-one popular song with "Because of You" in 1951. Several top hits such as "Rags to Riches" followed in the early 1950s. He then refined his approach to encompass jazz singing. He reached an artistic peak in the late 1950s with albums such as The Beat of My Heart and Basie Swings, Bennett Sings. In 1962, Bennett recorded his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco". His career and his personal life experienced an extended downturn during the height of the rock music era. Bennett staged a comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s, putting out gold record albums again and expanding his reach to the MTV
MTV
Generation while keeping his musical style intact. He remains a popular and critically praised recording artist and concert performer in the 2010s. He has won 19 Grammy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in 2001) and two Emmy Awards, and was named an NEA Jazz
Jazz
Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree. Bennett has sold over 50 million records worldwide.

Contents

1 Life and career

1.1 1926–1943: Early life 1.2 1944–1950: World War II
World War II
and after 1.3 1951–1959: First successes 1.4 1954–1965: A growing artistry 1.5 1965–1979: Years of struggle 1.6 1979–1989: Turnaround 1.7 1990–1995: An unexpected audience 1.8 1996–2006: Into his 70s and no retirement 1.9 2006–present: Bennett going strong through his 80s and 91st birthday

2 Artistry

2.1 Painting 2.2 Musical style

3 Awards and recognition 4 Works

4.1 Discography 4.2 Books

5 See also 6 References 7 Bibliography 8 Further reading 9 External links

Life and career[edit] 1926–1943: Early life[edit] Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born on August 3, 1926, in the Astoria neighborhood of New York City's Queens
Queens
borough to grocer John Benedetto and seamstress Anna Suraci.[4] In 1906, John had emigrated from Podàrgoni,[5] a rural eastern district of the southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria. Anna had been born in the U.S. shortly after her parents also emigrated from the Calabria
Calabria
region in 1899.[4][5] Other relatives came over as well as part of the mass migration of Italians to America.[4] Tony grew up with an older sister, Mary, and an older brother, John Jr.[5][6] With a father who was ailing and unable to work, the children grew up in poverty.[7] John Sr. instilled in his son a love of art and literature and a compassion for human suffering,[8] but died when Tony was 10 years old.[7] The experience of growing up in the Great Depression
Great Depression
and a distaste for the effects of the Hoover Administration
Hoover Administration
would make the child a lifelong Democrat.[9] Bennett grew up listening to Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Judy Garland, and Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
as well as jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, and Joe Venuti. His Uncle Dick was a tap dancer in vaudeville, giving him an early window into show business,[10] and his Uncle Frank was the Queens
Queens
borough library commissioner.[11] By age 10 he was already singing, and performed at the opening of the Triborough Bridge,[12] standing next to Mayor Fiorello La Guardia
Fiorello La Guardia
who patted him on the head.[11] Drawing
Drawing
was another early passion of his;[7] he became known as the class caricaturist at P.S. 141 and anticipated a career in commercial art.[13] He began singing for money at age 13, performing as a singing waiter in several Italian restaurants around his native Queens.[13][14] He attended New York's School of Industrial Art where he studied painting and music[15] and would later appreciate their emphasis on proper technique.[16] But he dropped out at age 16 to help support his family.[17] He worked as a copy boy and runner for the Associated Press in Manhattan[18] and in several other low-skilled, low-paying jobs.[19] However, he mostly set his sights on a professional singing career, returning to performing as a singing waiter, playing and winning amateur nights all around the city, and having a successful engagement at a Paramus, New Jersey, nightclub.[14][19] 1944–1950: World War II
World War II
and after[edit] Benedetto was drafted into the United States Army
United States Army
in November 1944, during the final stages of World War II.[7][20] He did basic training at Fort Dix
Fort Dix
and Fort Robinson
Fort Robinson
as part of becoming an infantry rifleman.[21] Benedetto ran afoul of a sergeant from the South who disliked the Italian from New York City
New York City
and heavy doses of KP duty
KP duty
or BAR cleaning resulted.[21] Processed through the huge Le Havre replacement depot, in January 1945, he was assigned as a replacement infantryman to the 255th Infantry
Infantry
Regiment of the 63rd Infantry Division, a unit filling in for the heavy losses suffered in the Battle of the Bulge.[22] He moved across France, and later, into Germany.[7] As March 1945 began, he joined the front line and what he would later describe as a "front-row seat in hell."[22] As the German Army was pushed back to its homeland, Benedetto and his company saw bitter fighting in cold winter conditions, often hunkering down in foxholes as German 88 mm guns fired on them.[23] At the end of March, they crossed the Rhine
Rhine
and entered Germany, engaging in dangerous house-to-house, town-after-town fighting to clean out German soldiers;[23] during the first week of April, they crossed the Kocher River, and by the end of the month reached the Danube.[24] During his time in combat, Benedetto narrowly escaped death several times.[7] The experience made him a pacifist;[7] he would later write, "Anybody who thinks that war is romantic obviously hasn't gone through one,"[22] and later say, "It was a nightmare that's permanent. I just said, 'This is not life. This is not life.'"[25] At the war's conclusion he was involved in the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp
Nazi concentration camp
near Landsberg,[7] where some American prisoners of war from the 63rd Division had also been held.[24] Benedetto stayed in Germany as part of the occupying force, but was assigned to an informal Special
Special
Services band unit that would entertain nearby American forces.[7] His dining with a black friend from high school – at a time when the Army was still racially segregated – led to his being demoted and reassigned to Graves Registration Service duties.[26] Subsequently, he sang with the 314th Army Special
Special
Services Band under the stage name Joe Bari[27] (a name he had started using before the war, chosen after the city and province in Italy and as a partial anagram of his family origins in Calabria).[28] He played with many musicians who would have post-war careers.[27] Upon his discharge from the Army and return to the States in 1946, Benedetto studied at the American Theatre Wing
American Theatre Wing
on the GI Bill.[12] He was taught the bel canto singing discipline,[29] which would keep his voice in good shape for his entire career. He continued to perform wherever he could, including while waiting tables.[7] Based upon a suggestion from a teacher at American Theatre Wing, he developed an unusual approach that involved imitating, as he sang, the style and phrasing of other musicians — such as that of Stan Getz's saxophone and Art Tatum's piano — helping him to improvise as he interpreted a song.[17][30] He made a few recordings as Bari
Bari
in 1949 for small Leslie Records, but they failed to sell.[31] In 1949, Pearl Bailey
Pearl Bailey
recognized Benedetto's talent and asked him to open for her in Greenwich Village.[14] She had invited Bob Hope
Bob Hope
to the show. Hope decided to take Benedetto on the road with him, and simplified his name to Tony Bennett.[31] In 1950, Bennett cut a demo of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and was signed to the major Columbia Records label by Mitch Miller.[12] 1951–1959: First successes[edit] Warned by Miller not to imitate Frank Sinatra[10] (who was just then leaving Columbia), Bennett began his career as a crooner of commercial pop tunes. His first big hit was "Because of You", a ballad produced by Miller with a lush orchestral arrangement from Percy Faith. It started out gaining popularity on jukeboxes, then reached number one on the pop charts in 1951 and stayed there for ten weeks,[32] selling over a million copies.[31] This was followed to the top of the charts later that year[32] by a similarly-styled rendition of Hank Williams's "Cold, Cold Heart", which helped introduce Williams and country music in general to a wider, more national audience.[33] The Miller and Faith tandem continued to work on all of Bennett's early hits. Bennett's recording of "Blue Velvet" was also very popular and attracted screaming teenaged fans at concerts at the famed Paramount Theater in New York (Bennett did seven shows a day, starting at 10:30 a.m.)[34] and elsewhere. On February 12, 1952,[35] Bennett married Ohio art student and jazz fan Patricia Beech, whom he had met the previous year after a nightclub performance in Cleveland.[31] Two thousand female fans dressed in black gathered outside the ceremony at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, New York, in mock mourning.[15] The couple had two sons, D'Andrea (Danny, born 1954) and Daegal (Dae, born 1955).[36]

Bennett (right) with Chicago columnist and talk show host Irv Kupcinet, during the 1950s

A third number-one came in 1953 with "Rags to Riches". Unlike Bennett's other early hits, this was an up-tempo big band number with a bold, brassy sound and a double tango in the instrumental break; it topped the charts for eight weeks.[32] Later that year, the producers of the upcoming Broadway musical Kismet had Bennett record "Stranger in Paradise" as a way of promoting the show during a New York newspaper strike.[37] The song reached the top, the show was a hit, and Bennett began a long practice of recording show tunes.[37] "Stranger in Paradise" was also a number-one hit in the United Kingdom a year and a half later[38] and started Bennett's career as an international artist. Once the rock and roll era began in 1955, the dynamic of the music industry changed and it became harder and harder for existing pop singers to do well commercially.[12] Nevertheless, Bennett continued to enjoy success, placing eight songs in the Billboard Top 40 during the latter part of the 1950s, with "In the Middle of an Island" reaching the highest at number nine in 1957.[39] For a month in August–September 1956, Bennett hosted a NBC
NBC
Saturday night television variety show, The Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
Show, as a summer replacement for The Perry Como
Perry Como
Show.[40] Patti Page
Patti Page
and Julius La Rosa had in turn hosted the two previous months, and they all shared the same singers, dancers, and orchestra.[40] In 1959, Bennett would again fill in for The Perry Como
Perry Como
Show, this time alongside Teresa Brewer
Teresa Brewer
and Jaye P. Morgan
Jaye P. Morgan
as co-hosts of the summer-long Perry Presents.[41] 1954–1965: A growing artistry[edit] In 1954, the guitarist Chuck Wayne
Chuck Wayne
became Bennett's musical director.[42] Bennett released his first long-playing album in 1955, Cloud 7. The album was billed as featuring Wayne and showed Bennett's leanings towards jazz. In 1957, Ralph Sharon became Bennett's pianist, arranger, and musical director,[43] replacing Wayne. Sharon told Bennett that a career singing "sweet saccharine songs like 'Blue Velvet'" wouldn't last long, and encouraged Bennett to focus even more on his jazz inclinations.[10][44] The result was the 1957 album The Beat of My Heart. It used well-known jazz musicians such as Herbie Mann
Herbie Mann
and Nat Adderley, with a strong emphasis on percussion from the likes of Art Blakey, Jo Jones, Latin star Candido Camero, and Chico Hamilton. The album was both popular and critically praised.[10][45] Bennett followed this by working with the Count Basie
Count Basie
Orchestra, becoming the first male pop vocalist to sing with Basie's band.[10] The albums Basie Swings, Bennett Sings (1958) and In Person!
In Person!
(1959) were the well-regarded fruits of this collaboration, with "Chicago" being one of the standout songs.[10][12]

Bennett (right) with composer Harold Arlen, rehearsing for the television program The Twentieth Century in 1964

Bennett also built up the quality, and therefore, the reputation of his nightclub act; in this he was following the path of Sinatra and other top jazz and standards singers of this era.[12] In June 1962, Bennett staged a highly promoted concert performance at Carnegie Hall, using a stellar line-up of musicians including Al Cohn, Kenny Burrell, and Candido, as well as the Ralph Sharon Trio. The concert featured 44 songs, including favorites like "I've Got the World on a String" and "The Best Is Yet To Come". It was a big success, further cementing Bennett's reputation as a star both at home and abroad.[10][46] Bennett also appeared on television, and in October 1962 he sang on the initial broadcast of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.[47] Also in 1962, Bennett released his recording of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", a decade-old but little-known song originally written for an opera singer.[44] Although this reached only number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100,[39] it spent close to a year on various other charts and increased Bennett's exposure.[12][46] The album of the same title was a top 5 hit and both the single and album achieved gold record status.[12] The song won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Solo Vocal Performance. Over the years, this would become known as Bennett's signature song.[15][29] In 2001, it was ranked 23rd on an RIAA/NEA list of the most historically significant Songs of the 20th Century.

"For my money, Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
is the best singer in the business. He excites me when I watch him. He moves me. He's the singer who gets across what the composer has in mind, and probably a little more."

—Frank Sinatra, in a 1965 Life magazine interview[29]

Bennett's following album, I Wanna Be Around... (1963), was also a top-5 success,[12] with the title track and "The Good Life" each reaching the top 20 of the pop singles chart[39] along with the top 10 of the Adult Contemporary chart.[48] The next year brought the Beatles and the British Invasion, and with them still more musical and cultural attention to rock and less to pop, standards, and jazz. Over the next couple of years, Bennett had minor hits with several albums and singles based on show tunes; his last top-40 single was the number 34 "If I Ruled the World" from Pickwick in 1965,[39] but his commercial fortunes were clearly starting to decline. An attempt to break into acting with a role in the poorly received 1966 film The Oscar met with middling reviews for Bennett; he did not enjoy the experience and did not seek further roles.[49][50] A firm believer in the Civil Rights Movement,[29] Bennett participated in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches.[51] Years later he would continue this commitment by refusing to perform in apartheid South Africa.[15] 1965–1979: Years of struggle[edit] Ralph Sharon and Bennett parted ways in 1965.[43] There was great pressure on singers such as Lena Horne
Lena Horne
and Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
to record "contemporary" rock songs, and in this vein, Columbia Records' Clive Davis suggested that Bennett do the same.[12] Bennett was very reluctant, and when he tried, the results pleased no one. This was exemplified by Tony Sings the Great Hits of Today!
Tony Sings the Great Hits of Today!
(1970),[12] before which Bennett became physically ill at the thought of recording.[52] It featured misguided attempts at Beatles and other current songs and a ludicrous psychedelic art cover.[52][53] Years later, Bennett would recall his dismay at being asked to do contemporary material, comparing it to when his mother was forced to produce a cheap dress.[54] By 1972, he had departed Columbia for the Verve division of MGM Records (Philips in the UK) and had relocated for a stint in London, where he hosted a television show from the Talk of the Town nightclub in conjunction with Thames Television, Tony Bennett at the Talk
Talk
of the Town.[55][56][57] With his new label, he tried a variety of approaches, including some more Beatles material, but found no renewed commercial success, and in a couple more years he was without a recording contract.[12][58] Bennett and his wife Patricia had been separated since 1965, their marriage a victim of Bennett's spending too much time on the road, among other factors.[15] In 1969, Patricia sued him for divorce on grounds of adultery.[59] In 1971, their divorce became official. Bennett had become involved with aspiring actress Sandra Grant while filming The Oscar in 1965; the couple lived together for several years, and on December 29, 1971, they quietly married in New York.[60] They had two daughters, Joanna (born 1970) and Antonia (born 1974),[61] and moved to Los Angeles.[62] Taking matters into his own hands, Bennett started his own record company, Improv.[12] He cut some songs that would later become favorites, such as "What is This Thing Called Love?", and made two well-regarded albums with jazz pianist Bill Evans, The Tony Bennett/ Bill Evans
Bill Evans
Album (1975) and Together Again (1976),[46] but Improv lacked a distribution arrangement with a major label and by 1977, it was out of business.[12][63] As the decade neared its end, Bennett had no recording contract, no manager, and was not performing many concerts outside of Las Vegas.[17] His second marriage was failing; they separated in 1979 with her filing for divorce[64] (but when the marriage officially ended is unclear – some people say the marriage was dissolved by court order on July 1, 1983, but there are other reports saying the divorce papers did not become official until 2007[2][65][66]). He had developed a drug addiction, was living beyond his means, and had the Internal Revenue Service
Internal Revenue Service
trying to seize his Los Angeles
Los Angeles
home.[17][63] He had hit bottom. 1979–1989: Turnaround[edit] After a near-fatal cocaine overdose in 1979, Bennett called his sons Danny and Dae for help. "Look, I'm lost here," he told them. "It seems like people don't want to hear the music I make."[17] Danny Bennett, an aspiring musician himself, also came to a realization. The band Danny and his brother had started, Quacky Duck and His Barnyard Friends, had foundered and Danny's musical abilities were limited. However, he had discovered during this time that he did have a head for business. His father, on the other hand, had tremendous musical talent, but was having trouble sustaining a career from it and had little financial sense. Danny signed on as his father's manager.[63] Danny got his father's expenses under control, moved him back to New York, and began booking him in colleges and small theaters to get him away from a "Vegas" image.[17][63] After some effort, a successful plan to pay back the IRS debt was put into place.[63] The singer had also reunited with Ralph Sharon as his pianist and musical director[43] (and would remain with him until Sharon's retirement in 2002).[44] By 1986, Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
was re-signed to Columbia Records, this time with creative control, and released The Art of Excellence. This became his first album to reach the charts since 1972.[12] 1990–1995: An unexpected audience[edit] Danny Bennett felt that younger audiences who were unfamiliar with his father would respond to his music if given a chance.[67] No changes to Tony's formal appearance, singing style, musical accompaniment (The Ralph Sharon Trio or an orchestra), or song choice (generally the Great American Songbook) were necessary or desirable.[12][68] Accordingly, Danny began regularly to book his father on Late Night with David Letterman, a show with a younger, "hip" audience.[67] This was subsequently followed by appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Simpsons, Muppets Tonight, and various MTV programs.[15][17] In 1993, Bennett played a series of benefit concerts organized by alternative rock radio stations around the country.[67] The plan worked; as Tony later remembered, "I realized that young people had never heard those songs. Cole Porter, Gershwin – they were like, 'Who wrote that?' To them, it was different. If you're different, you stand out."[17] During this time, Bennett continued to record, first putting out the acclaimed look-back Astoria: Portrait of the Artist (1990), then emphasizing themed albums such as the Sinatra homage Perfectly Frank (1992) and the Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
tribute Steppin' Out (1993). The latter two both achieved gold status and won Grammys for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance (Bennett's first Grammys since 1962) and further established Bennett as the inheritor of the mantle of a classic American great.[67] As Bennett was seen at MTV
MTV
Video Music
Music
Awards shows side-by-side with the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers
and Flavor Flav, and as his "Steppin' Out with My Baby" video received MTV
MTV
airplay,[67] it was clear that, as The New York Times
The New York Times
said, " Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
has not just bridged the generation gap, he has demolished it. He has solidly connected with a younger crowd weaned on rock. And there have been no compromises."[69] The new audience reached its height with Bennett's appearance in 1994 on MTV
MTV
Unplugged.[63] (He quipped on the show, "I've been unplugged my whole career.") Featuring guest appearances by rock and country stars Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello
and k.d. lang (both of whom had an affinity for the standards genre), the show attracted a considerable audience and much media attention.[67] The resulting MTV
MTV
Unplugged: Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
album went platinum and, besides taking the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance Grammy award for the third straight year, also won the top Grammy prize of Album of the Year.[10][70] 1996–2006: Into his 70s and no retirement[edit] Since his comeback, Bennett has financially prospered; by 1999, his assets were worth $15 to 20 million. He had no intention of retiring, saying in reference to masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jack Benny, and Fred Astaire: "right up to the day they died, they were performing. If you are creative, you get busier as you get older." Bennett continued to record and tour steadily, doing a hundred shows a year by the end of the 1990s.[63] In concert Bennett often makes a point of singing one song (usually "Fly Me to the Moon") without any microphone or amplification, demonstrating his skills at vocal projection.[68][71][72] One show, Tony Bennett's Wonderful World: Live From San Francisco, was made into a PBS
PBS
special. Bennett also created the idea behind, and starred in the first episode of, the A&E Network's popular Live by Request series, for which he won an Emmy Award.[63][70] In addition to numerous television guest performances, Bennett has had cameo appearances as himself in films such as The Scout, Analyze This, and Bruce Almighty. In 1998 he made an unlikely but successful appearance at a mud-soaked Glastonbury in an immaculate suit and tie.[73] Bennett also published The Good Life: The Autobiography of Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
in 1998. A series of albums, often based on themes (such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, blues, or duets), has met with good acceptance; Bennett has won eleven more Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance or Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Grammys in the subsequent years, most recently for the year 2018. Bennett has sold over 50 million records worldwide during his career.[70]

President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
and First Lady Laura Bush
Laura Bush
pose with the Kennedy Center honorees: actress Julie Harris, actor Robert Redford, singer Tina Turner, ballet dancer Suzanne Farrell
Suzanne Farrell
and Tony Bennett. December 4, 2005, at a reception in the Blue Room at the White House.

Bennett greets Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
at the White House
White House
on February 25, 2009.

Accolades came to Bennett. For his contribution to the recording industry, Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street.[74] Bennett was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz
Jazz
Hall of Fame in 1997, was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, and received a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
(ASCAP) in 2002.[75] In 2002, Q magazine
Q magazine
named Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
in its list of the "50 Bands To See Before You Die".[76] On December 4, 2005, Bennett was the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor.[70] Later, a theatrical musical revue of his songs, called I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music
Music
of Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
was created and featured some of his best-known songs such as "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", "Because of You", and "Wonderful".[77] The following year, Bennett was inducted into the Long Island Music
Music
Hall of Fame.[78] Bennett frequently donates his time to charitable causes, to the extent that he is sometimes nicknamed "Tony Benefit".[79] In April 2002, he joined Michael Jackson, Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
and former President Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
in a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee
Democratic National Committee
at New York's Apollo Theater.[80] He has also recorded public service announcements for Civitan International.[81] In the late 1980s, Bennett entered into a long-term romantic relationship with Susan Crow, a former New York City schoolteacher.[82] She is usually reported as being 33 years his junior,[83][82] although a few sources indicate the gap is 40 years.[84] Crow had grown up in a family of Bennett fans and as it happened the singer had once posed with Crow's mother while she was pregnant with her.[84] And as a teenager, Crow had been the head of the Bay Area fan club for Bennett.[84] Bennett and Crow founded Exploring the Arts, a charitable organization dedicated to creating, promoting, and supporting arts education. At the same time they founded (and named after Bennett's friend) the Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
School of the Arts in Queens, a public high school dedicated to teaching the performing arts, which opened in 2001 and would have a very high graduation rate.[7] On June 21, 2007, Bennett married Crow in a private civil ceremony in New York that was witnessed by former Governor Mario Cuomo.[83][85] Danny Bennett continues to be Tony's manager while Dae Bennett is a recording engineer who has worked on a number of Tony's projects and who opened Bennett Studios in Englewood, New Jersey
Englewood, New Jersey
in 2001, now shuttered due to the downturn of major label budgets combined with skyrocketing overhead. Tony's younger daughter Antonia is an aspiring jazz singer.[17] 2006–present: Bennett going strong through his 80s and 91st birthday[edit] In August 2006, Bennett turned eighty years old. The birthday itself was an occasion for publicity, which then extended through the rest of the following year. Duets: An American Classic reached the highest place ever on the albums chart for an album by Bennett[12] and garnered two Grammy Awards; concerts were given, including a high-profile one for New York radio station WLTW-FM; a performance was done with Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
and a comedy sketch was made with affectionate Bennett impressionist Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
on Saturday Night Live; a Thanksgiving-time, Rob Marshall-directed television special Tony Bennett: An American Classic on NBC, which would win multiple Emmy Awards;[34] receipt of the Billboard Century Award;[70] and guest-mentoring on American Idol
American Idol
season 6 as well as performing during its finale. He received the United Nations
United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees' Humanitarian Award. Bennett was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz
Jazz
Masters Award in 2006,[70] the highest honor that the United States bestows upon jazz musicians. The year 2008 saw Bennett making two appearances on "New York State of Mind" with Billy Joel
Billy Joel
at the final concerts given at Shea Stadium, and in October releasing the album A Swingin' Christmas
A Swingin' Christmas
with The Count Basie Big Band, for which he made a number of promotional appearances at holiday time. In 2009, Bennett performed at the conclusion of the final Macworld
Macworld
Conference & Expo for Apple Inc., singing "The Best Is Yet to Come" and "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" to a standing ovation,[86][87] and later making his Jazz
Jazz
Fest debut in New Orleans.[88] In February 2010, Bennett was one of over 70 artists singing on " We Are the World
We Are the World
25 for Haiti", a charity single in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[89] In October he performed "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" at AT&T Park before the third inning of Game 1 of the 2010 World Series
World Series
and sang "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch. Days later he sang "America the Beautiful" at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
in Washington, D.C.

Bennett in concert in Santa Ynez, California, 2005

In September 2011, Bennett appeared on The Howard Stern Show
The Howard Stern Show
and named American military actions in the Middle East as the root cause of the September 11 attacks.[25] Bennett also claimed that former President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
personally told him at the Kennedy Center in December 2005 that he felt he had made a mistake invading Iraq, to which a Bush spokesperson replied, "This account is flatly wrong."[90] Following bad press resulting from his remarks, Bennett clarified his position, writing: "There is simply no excuse for terrorism and the murder of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims of the 9/11 attacks on our country. My life experiences, ranging from the Battle of the Bulge
Battle of the Bulge
to marching with Martin Luther King, made me a life-long humanist and pacifist, and reinforced my belief that violence begets violence and that war is the lowest form of human behavior."[91] In September 2011, Bennett released Duets II, a follow-up to his first collaboration album, in conjunction with his 85th birthday. He sings duets with seventeen prominent singers of varying techniques, including Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, and Lady Gaga.[92] Bennett appeared on the season 2 premiere of the television procedural Blue Bloods performing "It Had To Be You" with Carrie Underwood.[93] His duet with Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
on "Body and Soul"—reportedly the last recording she made before her death[94]—charted on the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100, making Bennett the oldest living artist to appear there, as well as the artist with the greatest span of appearances.[95] The single did well in Europe, where it reached the top 15 in several countries. The album then debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, making Bennett the oldest living artist to reach that top spot, as well as marking the first time he had reached it himself.[96] A model of Koss headphones, the Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
Signature Edition (TBSE1), was created for this milestone[97] (Bennett having been one of the early adopters of the Koss product back in the 1960s).[98] In November 2011, Columbia released Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
– The Complete Collection, a 73-CD plus 3-DVD set, which although not absolutely "complete", finally brought forth many albums that had not had a previous CD release, as well as some unreleased material and rarities.[56][99] In December 2011, Bennett appeared at the Royal Variety Performance
Royal Variety Performance
in Salford in the presence of HRH Princess Anne.[100]

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
at Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu
Honolulu
on September 23, 2013

In the wake of the premature deaths of Winehouse and Whitney Houston, Bennett called for the legalization of drugs in February 2012.[101] In October 2012, Bennett released Viva Duets, an album of Latin American music duets, featuring Vicente Fernández, Juan Luis Guerra, and Vicentico
Vicentico
among others.[102] The recording and filming for the project, in Fort Lauderdale, was co-sponsored by the city.[103] On October 31, 2012, Bennett performed "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" in front of more than 100,000 fans at a City Hall ceremony commemorating the 2012 World Series
2012 World Series
victory by the San Francisco Giants.[104] He published another memoir, Life is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett, and a documentary film produced by his son Danny was released, also titled The Zen of Bennett.[105] In September 2014, Bennett performed for the first time in Israel, with his jazz quartet at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium
Charles Bronfman Auditorium
in Tel Aviv, receiving a standing ovation. He also made a surprise cameo appearance on stage with Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
at Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv, the previous evening.[106] The performance took place days before the release that month of the two stars' much-delayed collaborative effort and resultant Grammy-winning album, Cheek to Cheek, which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, extending the 88-year-old Bennett's record for the oldest artist to do so.[107] At the end of 2014, Bennett and Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
kicked off their co-headlining Cheek to Cheek Tour.[108] The pair also appeared in a Barnes & Noble commercial. On September 25, 2015, he released an album composed by Jerome Kern, featuring Bill Charlap
Bill Charlap
on piano, called The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern.[109] On November 1, 2015, Bennett, joined by the choir from the Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
School, sang "America the Beautiful" before Game 5 of the baseball World Series
World Series
between the Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
and New York Mets
New York Mets
at Citi Field. On August 19, 2016, shortly after his 90th birthday, Bennett was honored by the unveiling of an 8-foot tall statue in his likeness in front of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. With Senator Dianne Feinstein, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and several current and former San Francisco mayors in attendance, Bennett was serenaded by a young-adult choir singing "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." Bennett had first sung his signature song at the hotel in 1961. That same year, he performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving
Day Parade on November 24 and the Rockefeller Center tree lighting on November 30. On December 20, 2016, NBC
NBC
televised a special concert in honor of his 90th birthday. Artistry[edit] Painting[edit] Bennett has also had success as a painter, done under his real name of Anthony Benedetto or just Benedetto.[110] He followed up his childhood interest with professional training, work, and museum visits throughout his life. He sketches or paints every day, often of views out of hotel windows when he is on tour.[70] He has exhibited his work in numerous galleries around the world.[70] He was chosen as the official artist for the 2001 Kentucky Derby, and was commissioned by the United Nations
United Nations
to do two paintings, including one for its fiftieth anniversary.[70] His painting "Homage to Hockney" (for his friend David Hockney, painted after Hockney drew him) is on permanent display at the Butler Institute of American Art
Butler Institute of American Art
in Youngstown, Ohio.[110] His "Boy on Sailboat, Sydney Bay" is in the permanent collection at the National Arts Club
National Arts Club
in Gramercy Park
Gramercy Park
in New York, as is his "Central Park" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.[70] His paintings and drawings have been featured in ARTnews
ARTnews
and other magazines, and sell for as much as $80,000 apiece.[15][63] Many of his works were published in the art book Tony Bennett: What My Heart Has Seen in 1996. In 2007, another book involving his paintings, Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
in the Studio: A Life of Art & Music, became a best-seller among art books.[34] Musical style[edit] Regarding his choices in music, Bennett reiterated his artistic stance in a 2010 interview:

I'm not staying contemporary for the big record companies, I don't follow the latest fashions. I never sing a song that's badly written. In the 1920s and '30s, there was a renaissance in music that was the equivalent of the artistic Renaissance. Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and others just created the best songs that had ever been written. These are classics, and finally they're not being treated as light entertainment. This is classical music.[111]

Awards and recognition[edit]

The Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
concert show as seen by the audience, with no stage set, visual effects or advanced lighting schemes. Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, September 2005.

Bennett has won 20 Grammy Awards including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award,[112][113] as follows (years shown are the year in which the ceremony was held and the award was given, not the year in which the recording was released):

Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male, 1963, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" Record of the Year, 1963, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance, 1993, Perfectly Frank Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance, 1994, Steppin' Out Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance, 1995, MTV
MTV
Unplugged: Tony Bennett Album of the Year, 1995, MTV
MTV
Unplugged: Tony Bennett Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance, 1997, Here's to the Ladies Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance, 1998, Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
on Holiday Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance, 2000, Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool Lifetime Achievement Award, 2001 Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, 2003, Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, 2004, A Wonderful World (with k.d. lang) Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, 2006, The Art of Romance Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, 2007, Duets: An American Classic Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, 2007, "For Once in My Life" (with Stevie Wonder) Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, 2012, "Body and Soul" (with Amy Winehouse) Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, 2012, Duets II Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, 2015, Cheek to Cheek (with Lady Gaga) Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, 2016, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern
Jerome Kern
(with Bill Charlap) Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, 2018, Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
Celebrates 90

Bennett's work for the Civil Rights Movement, including his participation in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches, later earned him induction into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame
International Civil Rights Walk of Fame
in Atlanta.

Bennett has won two Emmy Awards,[114] as follows (years shown are the year in which the ceremony was held and the award was given, not the year in which the program aired):

Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, 1996, Live by Request Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, 2007, Tony Bennett: An American Classic

Bennett has gained other notable recognition:

New York City's Bronze Medallion, 1969 Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame[74] Induction into the Big Band and Jazz
Jazz
Hall of Fame, 1997 Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award, 2000[115] Lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, 2002[75] Kennedy Center Honoree, 2005[70] Induction into the Long Island Music
Music
Hall of Fame[78] United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Humanitarian Award, 2006 National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
Jazz
Jazz
Masters Award, 2006[70] Induction into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, 2007 Induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, 2011[116] Honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music
Music
(1974),[117] The Art Institute of Boston (1994),[118] Roosevelt University's Chicago Musical College (1995),[119] George Washington University
George Washington University
(2001),[120] Cleveland
Cleveland
Institute of Music
Music
(2010),[121] the Juilliard School (2010),[121] and Fordham University
Fordham University
(2012).[122] A statue of Bennett was unveiled outside the Fairmont Hotel on 19 August 2016, in honor of his 90th birthday, and his first performance of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" there in 1961.[123]

Works[edit]

Bennett and wife Susan Crow at the opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in 2008

Discography[edit] Main article: Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
discography Bennett has released over 70 albums during his career, almost all for Columbia Records. The biggest selling of these in the U.S. have been I Left My Heart in San Francisco, MTV
MTV
Unplugged: Tony Bennett, and Duets: An American Classic, all of which went platinum for shipping one million copies.[124] Eight other albums of his have gone gold in the U.S., including several compilations.[124] Bennett has also charted over 30 singles during his career, with his biggest hits all occurring during the early 1950s and none charting between 1968 and 2010. Books[edit]

Bennett, Tony (1996). Tony Bennett: What My Heart Has Seen. Rizzoli. ISBN 0-8478-1972-8.  Bennett, Tony; Friedwald, Will (1998). The Good Life: The Autobiography Of Tony Bennett. Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-02469-8.  Bennett, Tony; Sullivan, Robert (2007). Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
in the Studio: A Life of Art & Music. Sterling Publishing. ISBN 1-4027-4767-5.  Bennett, Tony (2012). Life is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-220706-7.  Bennett, Tony; Simon, Scott (2016). Just Getting Started. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-247677-7. 

See also[edit]

Jazz
Jazz
portal

List of best-selling music artists

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Tony Bennett
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Further reading[edit]

Willis Conover. "20 Years with Tony". Billboard. November 30, 1968. pp. T1-T40. Dorothy Andries. "Tony Bennett; 'Life's Been Good to Me'". The Milwaukee Sentinel. November 14, 1980. p. 3. Peter B. King. "Tony Bennett; 'I just have to paint, and I have to sing'". The Pittsburgh Press. February 10, 1986. p. C6. "Tony Bennett: Half a Century and Looking Forward". Billboard. December 20, 1997. pp. 37–65. Pullout section includes multiple articles, including:

Irv Lichtman. "Tony Bennett: The Billboard Interview". pp. 38-39, 52 and 56. Tom Vickers. "Tony and Columbia". pp. 40 and 58. Don Waller. "When It Comes to Good Works, Bennett Does a Great Job". pp. 42 and 54. Paul Sexton. "Bennett Over There". p. 44. Mark Rowland. "Essential Bennett". pp. 46 and 48. Richard Henderson. "Bennett Brushes Up". p. 50.

"Backbeat: "Happy 80th, Tony Bennett!". Billboard. August 19, 2006. p. 61. Jim Bessman. "Tony's Long Haul: Strategic Partnerships Fuel Big Sales for Bennett's 'Duets' Album". Billboard. November 11, 2006. p. 24.

External links[edit]

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Tony Bennett

Studio albums

Because of You Cloud 7 Alone at Last with Tony Bennett Tony The Beat of My Heart Long Ago and Far Away Strike Up the Band Hometown, My Town To My Wonderful One Tony Sings for Two Alone Together Sings a String of Harold Arlen My Heart Sings I Left My Heart in San Francisco I Wanna Be Around... This Is All I Ask The Many Moods of Tony When Lights Are Low Who Can I Turn To If I Ruled the World: Songs for the Jet Set The Movie Song Album Tony Makes It Happen For Once in My Life Snowfall: The Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
Christmas Album I've Gotta Be Me Tony Sings the Great Hits of Today! Tony Bennett's "Something" Love Story Summer of '42 With Love The Good Things in Life The Tony Bennett/ Bill Evans
Bill Evans
Album Life Is Beautiful Together Again The Art of Excellence Bennett/Berlin Astoria: Portrait of the Artist Perfectly Frank Steppin' Out Here's to the Ladies Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
on Holiday Tony Bennett: The Playground Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues A Wonderful World The Art of Romance Duets: An American Classic A Swingin' Christmas
A Swingin' Christmas
( Featuring The Count Basie
Count Basie
Big Band) Duets II Viva Duets Cheek to Cheek The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

Live albums

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
at Carnegie Hall MTV
MTV
Unplugged

Compilation albums

Mr. Broadway: Tony's Greatest Broadway Hits A Time for Love The Essential Tony Bennett

Singles

"Because of You" "Rags to Riches" "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" "Body and Soul" "Just in Time" "Living Together, Growing Together" "The Lady Is a Tramp" "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" "Anything Goes" "I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby"

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Celebrates 90 Tony Bennett
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Music
Program

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(2000) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(2001) Sting (2002) Wayne Brady
Wayne Brady
(2003) Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
(2004) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2005) Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow
(2006) Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(2007) Don Rickles
Don Rickles
(2008)

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Gershwin Prize
Gershwin Prize
recipients

Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(2007) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(2009) Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
(2010) Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
and Hal David
Hal David
(2012) Carole King
Carole King
(2013) Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(2014) Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson
(2015) Smokey Robinson
Smokey Robinson
(2016) Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(2017)

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Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Record of the Year

1959−1980

"Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" by Domenico Modugno
Domenico Modugno
(1959) "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
(1960) "Theme from A Summer Place" by Percy Faith
Percy Faith
(1961) "Moon River" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1962) "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1963) "Days of Wine and Roses" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1964) "The Girl from Ipanema" by Astrud Gilberto
Astrud Gilberto
& Stan Getz
Stan Getz
(1965) "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert
and the Tijuana Brass (1966) "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1967) "Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1968) "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1969) "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1970) "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1971) "It's Too Late" by Carole King
Carole King
(1972) "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1973) "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1974) "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
(1975) "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille (Daryl Dragon, Toni Tennille) (1976) "This Masquerade" by George Benson
George Benson
(1977) "Hotel California" by Eagles (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Joe Walsh) (1978) "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(1979) "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers
(Jeffrey Baxter, John Hartman, Keith Knudsen, Michael McDonald, Tiran Porter, Patrick Simmons) (1980)

1981−2000

"Sailing" by Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes
Kim Carnes
(1982) "Rosanna" by Toto (Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Steve Porcaro) (1983) "Beat It" by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1984) "What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner
Tina Turner
(1985) "We Are the World" by USA for Africa
USA for Africa
(1986) "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood
Steve Winwood
(1987) "Graceland" by Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1988) "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
(1989) "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1990) "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1991) "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
with Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
(1992) "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1993) "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1994) "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
(1995) "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal (1996) "Change the World" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1997) "Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
(1998) "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion
Celine Dion
(1999) "Smooth" by Santana (Rodney Holmes, Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Benny Rietveld, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson) featuring Rob Thomas (2000)

2001−present

"Beautiful Day" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2001) "Walk On" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2002) "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) "Clocks" by Coldplay
Coldplay
(Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Phil Harvey, Chris Martin) (2004) "Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles
Ray Charles
and Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2005) "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day
Green Day
(Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Frank Edwin Wright III) (2006) "Not Ready to Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
(Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison) (2007) "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(2008) "Please Read the Letter" by Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
and Robert Plant
Robert Plant
(2009) "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon
(Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill) (2010) "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum
(Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood) (2011) "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
Adele
(2012) "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye
Gotye
featuring Kimbra
Kimbra
(2013) "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk
Daft Punk
featuring Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
& Nile Rodgers (2014) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) by Sam Smith (2015) "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
featuring Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2016) "Hello" by Adele
Adele
(2017) "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2018)

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Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Album of the Year

1959–1979

The Music
Music
from Peter Gunn – Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1959) Come Dance with Me! – Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1960) The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
(1961) Judy at Carnegie Hall
Judy at Carnegie Hall
Judy Garland
Judy Garland
(1962) The First Family – Vaughn Meader
Vaughn Meader
(1963) The Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Album – Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1964) Getz/Gilberto
Getz/Gilberto
– Stan Getz, João Gilberto
João Gilberto
(1965) September of My Years Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1966) A Man and His Music
Music
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1967) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles
The Beatles
(1968) By the Time I Get to Phoenix – Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell
(1969) Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears (1970) Bridge over Troubled Water
Bridge over Troubled Water
– Simon & Garfunkel (1971) Tapestry – Carole King
Carole King
(1972) The Concert for Bangladesh – Various (1973) Innervisions
Innervisions
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1974) Fulfillingness' First Finale
Fulfillingness' First Finale
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1975) Still Crazy After All These Years
Still Crazy After All These Years
Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1976) Songs in the Key of Life
Songs in the Key of Life
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1977) Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
(1978) Saturday Night Fever – Bee Gees/Various (1979)

1980–2000

52nd Street – Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(1980) Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) Double Fantasy
Double Fantasy
John Lennon
John Lennon
and Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono
(1982) Toto IV
Toto IV
– Toto (1983) Thriller – Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1984) Can't Slow Down – Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
(1985) No Jacket Required
No Jacket Required
Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1986) Graceland – Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1987) The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree
– U2 (1988) Faith – George Michael
George Michael
(1989) Nick of Time – Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt
(1990) Back on the Block
Back on the Block
Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
and various artists (1991) Unforgettable... with Love Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
(1992) Unplugged – Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1993) The Bodyguard – Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1994) MTV
MTV
Unplugged – Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1995) Jagged Little Pill
Jagged Little Pill
Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
(1996) Falling into You
Falling into You
Celine Dion
Celine Dion
(1997) Time Out of Mind – Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
(1998) The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
(1999) Supernatural – Santana (2000)

2001–present

Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature
Steely Dan
Steely Dan
(2001) O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack (2002) Come Away with Me
Come Away with Me
Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Outkast
Outkast
(2004) Genius Loves Company
Genius Loves Company
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
and various artists (2005) How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
– U2 (2006) Taking the Long Way
Taking the Long Way
Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
(2007) River: The Joni Letters – Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
(2008) Raising Sand
Raising Sand
Robert Plant
Robert Plant
& Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
(2009) Fearless – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(2010) The Suburbs
The Suburbs
Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire
(2011) 21 – Adele
Adele
(2012) Babel – Mumford & Sons (2013) Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
Daft Punk
Daft Punk
(2014) Morning Phase
Morning Phase
Beck
Beck
(2015) 1989 – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(2016) 25 – Adele
Adele
(2017) 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2018)

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Kennedy Center Honorees (2000s)

2000

Mikhail Baryshnikov Chuck Berry Plácido Domingo Clint Eastwood Angela Lansbury

2001

Julie Andrews Van Cliburn Quincy Jones Jack Nicholson Luciano Pavarotti

2002

James Earl Jones James Levine Chita Rivera Paul Simon Elizabeth Taylor

2003

James Brown Carol Burnett Loretta Lynn Mike Nichols Itzhak Perlman

2004

Warren Beatty Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
& Ruby Dee Elton John Joan Sutherland John Williams

2005

Tony Bennett Suzanne Farrell Julie Harris Robert Redford Tina Turner

2006

Zubin Mehta Dolly Parton Smokey Robinson Steven Spielberg Andrew Lloyd Webber

2007

Leon Fleisher Steve Martin Diana Ross Martin Scorsese Brian Wilson

2008

Morgan Freeman George Jones Barbra Streisand Twyla Tharp Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend
& Roger Daltrey

2009

Mel Brooks Dave Brubeck Grace Bumbry Robert De Niro Bruce Springsteen

Complete list 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s

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MusiCares Person of the Year

David Crosby
David Crosby
(1991) Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt
(1992) Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
(1993) Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan
(1994) Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1995) Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
(1996) Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1997) Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti
(1998) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1999) Elton John
Elton John
(2000) Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(2001) Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(2002) Bono
Bono
(2003) Sting (2004) Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson
(2005) James Taylor
James Taylor
(2006) Don Henley
Don Henley
(2007) Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
(2008) Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
(2009) Neil Young
Neil Young
(2010) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(2011) Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
(2012) Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
(2013) Carole King
Carole King
(2014) Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
(2015) Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
(2016) Tom Petty
Tom Petty
(2017) Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
(2018)

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