A host of artists have joined the already abundant talent lineup for next week's 44th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, leading CBS to extend its planned three-hour live broadcast on Wednesday (Feb. 27) by half-an-hour. Among the newly planned performances is a reprise of the Grammy-nominated duet between Tony Bennett and Billy Joel on the latter's "New York State of Mind." The track is among those vying for this year's best pop collaboration with vocals Grammy.
Tony Bennett's 75th birthday is still yielding presents. Bennett celebrated his three-quarter-century mark in August with a gala event at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. RPM Records/Columbia followed up in early November with a strong-selling birthday gift: "Playin' With My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues," an album of 15 classic blues tunes and duets with the likes of Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Sheryl Crow, Billy Joel, Diana Krall, B.B. King, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Kay Starr, and Stevie Wonder.
Enduring vocalist Tony Bennett has lined up an array of promotional appearances surrounding his new Columbia album "Playin' With My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues," due Tuesday (Nov. 6) from RPM/Columbia. On Monday, the artist will preside over the opening of the Nasdaq stock market in New York, which will be broadcast live on the video tower outside the market's Times Square location.