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Lady Gaga shares 'heartbreaking' update on Tony Bennett after Grammy nominations

Tony has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's

Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca LewisReporterLos Angeles
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Lady Gaga has shared an emotional update on the health of Tony Bennett, revealing it is "heartbreaking" to watch the acclaimed singer with Alzheimer's.

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Gaga, 35, and Tony album Love for Sale, a Cole Porter tribute album, has been nominated for album of the year, record of the year, best pop duo/group performance, best traditional pop vocal album, best music video, and best engineered album (non-classical) at the 2022 Grammys.

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The superstar, who has collaborated with Tony in the past, appeared on BBC Radio Two's Zoe Ball Show in the hours after the announcement and spoke passionately about their relationship, calling him "one of my most favorite people on the whole planet".

"I can't tell you how much I learned from him and what it's like to sing with a legend for so many years," she shared.

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"I've sung with Tony for almost 10 years, and it's heartbreaking to watch what he's going through having Alzheimer's, and also I wish to say to anybody that's listening that knows somebody with Alzheimer's or dementia that's dealing with that in their lives. If you are with that person that you love, play some music from their childhood and I promise you that they will come to life in a way that is not expected.

"And not everyone you know, every case is different and everybody's different, but they're still there and my heart goes out to you and this album was made while he had Alzheimer's and we sang it while he had Alzheimer's and he was still able to do it, I am just floored by him."

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The two recorded the album while he had Alzheimer's 

Gaga also took to social media to thank the Recording Academy, revealing that their latest work "happened because it was Tony's idea and I made him a promise that we would make it and we did".

"At 95 years old, he has more nominations than ever, I'm so honored to be his companion in music and his friend," she said.

"Thank you to the public for loving us, we surely love each other, and you. Believe in love and partnership, even with 60 years between us, and Alzheimer's, there is nothing like the magic of music. I love you Tony, and the world loves you too. How could they not?"

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The pair have six nominations

She added: "Thank you so much to the @RecordingAcademy for these 6 nominations for Love For Sale. I am stunned and shocked and beyond grateful. I don't know what to say. I just keep crying and am utterly speechless.

"This means so much to me, @itstonybennett, the Bennetts, my family, jazz music, and the great Cole Porter who wrote all these timeless classics. I'll never forget that today he could track every word I was saying and understood the world was celebrating him and celebrating jazz - a genre that embodies the joy, abundance and imagination of Black music throughout history.

"Thank you to all the Grammy voters for recognizing me and Tony's dedication to jazz music and for also recognizing it in major categories where this music is often not nominated."

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