Lady Gaga Describes the Emotional Moment Tony Bennett Remembered Her Name on Stage

Lady Gaga appeared on 60 Minutes where the singer talked about her new album with Tony Bennett, ‘Love For Sale,’ and their final performances together after Bennett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

She told Anderson Cooper, “For the first couple of weeks that I saw Tony since COVID, he called me ‘Sweetheart.’ But I wasn’t sure he knew who I was.”

On stage at Radio City, Bennett said Gaga’s name, which Gaga said was “the first time that Tony said my name in a long time.” She continued, “I had to keep it together, because we had a sold out show, and I have a job to do. But I’ll tell you, when I walked out on that stage, and he said, ‘It’s Lady Gaga,’ my friend saw me. And it was very special.”

She also spoke about how her relationship with Bennett has changed, saying, “If I were to say, ‘Tony, would you like to sing ‘Love for Sale,” he’ll say, ‘Yeah.’ And if I say, ‘Tony, would you like to sing ‘Love for Sale’ or ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing,” he might not have as easy of a response. When that music comes on, it’s… something happens to him. He knows exactly what he’s doing. And what’s important for me, actually, just to make sure that I don’t get in the way of that.”

Watch the full segment here.

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