Tony Bennett, who was the first artist to ever have a seat at Symphony Hall dedicated to him last year, won the award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 2018 Grammys last night in New York with the album 'Tony Bennett Celebrates 90'.
Bennett went up to receive the award with his son, Dae Bennett, who produced the winning album. The album was released late 2016 following the TV special 'Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come, featuring duets with other famous artists such as Lady GaGa, k.d. lang, and Rufus Wainwright.
Symphony Hall last hosted Bennett in July 2017 on his 90th birthday tour, marking his 10th performance in the iconic venue since his first visit in 1996. To celebrate the special occasion, Bennett was presented with a plaque for seat T10 of the auditorium with the engraving 'Marking Tony Bennett's 10th Show at Symphony Hall'. Bennett was the first artist ever to be celebrated in such a way since the hall opened in 1991, making the award even more special.
And it seems Bennett loves being here as much as we love having him, saying during the performance:
I love being here, I just think this is the finest concert hall in the world...It stays with me for years and years so thanks for being so good to us tonight
With yet another Grammy under his belt, it looks like he has no plans of slowing down. Bennett, now 91, told reporters on the Grammys red carpet about his love for being on stage:
I'm just starting out... Fortunately, I'm still in top shape and when I get out on the stage to perform, I can't wait because I love the audience and they love me. So I'm not for ever retiring. I'm going to keep going until I cut out.
So a huge congratulations to Tony from everyone here at Town Hall Symphony Hall. We hope to see the iconic Tony Bennett back here for more incredible performances soon.