“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come” will air Dec. 20 at 9 p.m., the broadcast network announced Tuesday. Also set to perform with Bennett are Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang and Rufus Wainwright. Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Bruce Willis and animated character Homer Simpson will also make appearances.
“Since we celebrated Tony’s 80th birthday on NBC, it only seemed fitting that we should also stop and pay tribute to his 90th, a true milestone for the greatest living vocalist of popular music,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment. “Happy birthday, Tony, your achievements are epic and your voice has been the soundtrack of four generations. We and the entire music business are in awe.”
Bennett is the recipient of 19 Grammy awards. The singer was born in Astoria, Queens, N.Y., on Aug. 3, 1926.
“I turn 90 tomorrow and feel like I’m just getting started and look forward to each day,” Bennett said. “I have loved performing for the public and sharing the music I love with the world. It’s a thrill to have NBC air a special in honor of my birthday and to have so many wonderful artists that I have worked with and admire participate.”