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Exclusive Interview: Bennett and Gaga on Performing Live


Lady Gaga calls the program Great Performances – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! “my favorite television performance that I’ve ever done,” in this interview. “The combination of the lighting with the authenticity of all the players, and us all following Mr. Bennett’s lead, it made for something that I think is very special.” Great Performances – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! will encore on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 9PM EST on PBS (check local listings).

She goes on to describe the large orchestra and the authenticity of the performance in which no tracks were pre-recorded.

“We’re up there doing what we love and I think you can really feel that when you watch it,” she says of Cheek to Cheek LIVE!.

This interview with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett also includes footage from the concert numbers “I Won’t Dance and “But Beautiful.”

Jazz legend Tony Bennett has been greatly encouraging to Lady Gaga in adding jazz to her already great career in music, whatever naysayers may say about her interest in the genre. “What she is and she doesn’t even realize it — even though she does it that well — is a truly a magnificent jazz artist,” says Bennett. “The business world might tell you, what are you doing? That doesn’t matter.”

Bennett closes this segment of their interview with career advice for the charismatic younger singer: “You should spend the rest of your life just being yourself and it will excite everybody ever time you ever perform, just by being yourself.”


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