Tony Bennett Celebrates 50 Years Of Grammy Wins

Singer wins for Winehouse duet and traditional pop

Tony Bennett earned his 16th and 17th Grammys on Feb. 12 with wins in both categories he was nominated for: Best Traditional Pop Album for Duets II and Best Vocal Collaboration with Duo or Group for his duet with the late Amy Winehouse on “Body And Soul.” That makes Bennett the only artist to have a 50-year span of Grammy wins, having garnered his first Grammy in 1962 for Record of the Year with his signature song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

Bennett appeared on the Grammy telecast with Carrie Underwood performing the song “It Had To Be You” and the two presented the Best New Artist Category. Amy Winehouse’s parents, Mitch and Janis, joined Bennett on stage to accept the Grammy Award on behalf of their daughter, who passed away last year and whose last recording was the duet with Bennett on “Body and Soul.”

Duets II also earned a third Grammy for Jorge Calandrelli in the Best Instrument Arrangement with Vocal category for his work on the Bennett duet with Queen Latifah on “Who Can I Turn To?”

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Jeff Tamarkin is the former editor of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix, and Global Rhythm. As a writer he has contributed to the New York Daily News, JazzTimes, Boston Phoenix, Harp, Mojo, Newsday, Billboard, and many other publications. He is the author of the book Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane and has contributed to The Guinness Companion to Popular Music, All Music Guide, and several other encyclopedias. He has also served as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NARAS, National Geographic Online, and Music Club Records.