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As one of a handful of artists to have new albums charting in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and the 21st century, Tony Bennett has achieved legendary status and introduced a multitude of songs that have since become standards for pop music, including “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “I Wanna Be Around,” “Stranger in Paradise,” “Rags to Riches” and “Because of You.”
The 93-year-old’s popularity has soared in the new millennium with more than 10 million albums sold in the last 11 years. In 2011, “Duets II” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Album charts, making Bennett the only artist at the age of 85 to achieve this. His collaborative jazz album with Lady Gaga, released in 2014, “Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts making then-88-year-old Bennett the oldest artist to reach that accomplishment once again.
Bennett has received 19 Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 2 Emmy Awards and is a Kennedy Center Honoree and NEA Jazz Master. In 2017, he became the first interpretive singer to be honored by the Library of Congress receiving The Gershwin Prize.
Bennett is a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and participated in the liberation of a concentration camp, marched side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma and has performed for 11 U.S. Presidents. His love for his country earned him the distinction of national treasure and United Nations has named him a Citizen of the World as one of their foremost ambassadors. In 1999, Bennett, along with his wife Susan Benedetto, founded Exploring the Arts to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education.