NBC to honor Tony Bennett's 90th birthday with musical special

By Sarah Mulé  |  Aug. 2, 2016 at 2:57 PM
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NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Legendary singer Tony Bennett celebrates his 90th birthday on Wednesday, and NBC is planning a televised celebration to honor him in December.

The TV special, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet To Come, will feature performances from Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall and k.d. lang, among others.

"I turn 90 tomorrow and feel like I'm just getting started and look forward to each day," Bennett said in a statement on Tuesday. " have loved performing for the public and sharing the music I love with the world. It's a thrill to have NBC air a special in honor of my birthday and to have so many wonderful artists that I have worked with and admire participate."

Bennett's career has produced 57 studio albums, plus other live and compilation records.

NBC celebrated Bennett's 80th birthday with a special that won seven Emmys.

"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 of NBC Entertainment.

Bennett's birthday special will air on NBC on Dec. 20 at 9 p.m.

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