Both of them are delivering the goods here. Total pros.
Bennett is 88, making him (I think it’s safe to say) tonight’s oldest performer. But he is spry! Spry and charming as ever.
Bennett and Gaga first met backstage in 2011 after she performed a rendition of Nat King Cole's "Orange Colored Sky” at a gala in New York City.Bennett then asked Gaga to sing a duet with him on his album “Duets II.” The two recorded "The Lady Is a Tramp" for “Duets II,” and that’s when the idea of an album started swirling.
The album was also a TV special, “Cheek to Cheek Live!,” part of PBS’s “Great Performances” series. Lady Gaga and PBS: also an unlikely matchup. But this works! Their voices are melting into each other. And they clearly have affection for each other.
Oh, the lovely sounds they’re making onstage! This, of course, is “Cheek to Cheek,” off the pair’s unlikely same-named duets album.
Go time, and I think my straight-and-sophisticated guess over the commercial break turned out to be the right one. Gaga here appears to be a lovely old-school siren. No eggs. No meat dresses. No towering space suits or hard plastic apparatuses.
These two New Yorkers took their duets album, Cheek To Cheek, which earlier today won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album honors, to the top of the Billboard 200. Gaga was previously featured on Bennett's 2011 album, Duets II, which earned the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for 2011.
And one more Pharrell thought: I like him solo, but he’s also a great collaborator. I wonder if anybody was on his duet wish list tonight. Who would you like to see him team up with?
Who else are you anxious to see perform tonight?
More fashion musings: Will Gaga tone it down to match Tony Bennett’s understated elegance? Or will she insist on wacky? I’m guessing she plays it straight and sophisticated. You?
Bey and Hova getting cozy in the audience.
Having a ball so far. Madonna was just beyond. Her dancers (in Givenchy) were hot. She is a legend. Always!!!
Katy Perry proved last week she could entertain at the Super Bowl and this week she exudes elegance with her performance on The Grammy stage. *applauds*
Hold on to your toy soldier hats at home — we’re in for more thrill rides when the commercials are done. Lady Gaga! Weigh in on Katy Perry in the meantime if you can.
Sharks or no sharks, banana suit or no banana suit (remember that?), KP takes the prize for giving the world goggle eyes. This song brought out her considerable spiritual side. And that side, too, is beautiful.
No, the Super Bowl Shark will not be joining Katy Perry on stage tonight. You can all calm down now.
By all rights, she should still be resting up from that Super Bowl achievement. It was a week ago! But not here, not her.
She is turning her onetime sadness into a beautiful spectacle, as only Katy Perry can. She’s so attuned to the visuals in her shows, no? What an entertainer.
Here is what I don't know: How did Katy Perry ditch her periwinkle bob so fast and trade it in for these lustrous dark locks?
Here’s what I know: The song, off her 2013 mega-album “Prism,” was written when she was in the midst of divorce from Russell Brand, and the rumor is that it’s about her contemplating suicide. Interviews quote her as saying, “I asked myself, 'Do I want to endure? Should I continue living?'"
This song is “By The Grace of God,” and those of you who have been paying attention to the Katy Perry news (it’s everywhere!) will know that it’s got a bit of a dark side. Tell us what you know about it.
Goosebump-inducing speech from beautiful domestic abuse survivor.