NBC to honor Tony Bennett's 90th birthday with two-hour special featuring Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder

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Tony Bennett on His Art, Music

Tony Bennett's 90th birthday celebration is going to be one for the ages.

NBC will air a two-hour special dedicated to the iconic musician in December, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The program will feature the music industry's most prominent artists, with the first list of performers to be announced including: Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Rufus Wainwright and Stevie Wonder as well as a performance by Bennett.

Also making appearances will be Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Bruce Willis and Homer Simpson.

"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," Greenblatt said. "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 a musical legend and 19-time Grammy Award winner. His voluminous discography includes 57 studio albums, 11 live albums, 31 compilation albums and 81 singles, and he holds the industry record of being the oldest artist, at the age of 88, to place an album at number one on the Billboard Top 200 list. Born in Astoria, Queens, N.Y., on Aug. 3, 1926, he has achieved unprecedented success as a recording artist.

"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."

Danny Bennett will serve as executive producer and TB TV, LLC will produce. Jerry Foley will direct with production and lighting design by LeRoy Bennett.

"Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come" will air on Dec. 20 at 9 p.m/8c.

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform at Grand'place on September 22, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 22: Artists Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga attend a press conference about the album 'cheek to cheek' at City Hall on September 22, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 22: Artists Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga attend a press conference about the album 'cheek to cheek' at City Hall on September 22, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 22: Artists Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga attend a press conference about the album 'cheek to cheek' at City Hall on September 22, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)
Recording artists Lady Gaga, left, and Tony Bennett, right, attend a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert taping on Monday, July 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Recording artists Lady Gaga, left, and Tony Bennett, right, attend a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert taping on Monday, July 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Recording artists Lady Gaga, left, and Tony Bennett, right, attend a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert taping on Monday, July 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Recording artists Lady Gaga, left, and Tony Bennett, attend a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert taping on Monday, July 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
From left, recording artists Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, and Lady Gaga's grandmother Ronnie Bissett attend a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert taping on Monday, July 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Recording artists Lady Gaga, left, and Tony Bennett, right, attend a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert taping on Monday, July 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Recording artists Tony Bennett, left, and Lady Gaga, right, attend a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert taping on Monday, July 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
US singers Lady Gaga (R) and Tony Bennett give a press conference to launch their album 'Cheek to Cheek', in Brussels, on September 22, 2014. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are in Brussels to perform a mini-concert on the city's 'Grande Place', to film a video clip and officially launch their duo album. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
US singers Lady Gaga (R) and Tony Bennett give a press conference to launch their album 'Cheek to Cheek', in Brussels, on September 22, 2014. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are in Brussels to perform a mini-concert on the city's 'Grande Place', to film a video clip and officially launch their duo album. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 28: Singer Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are seen arriving at Tony Bennett Jazz Event in NYC on July 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 28: Lady Gaga arrives to their 'Cheek To Cheek' taping at at Jazz at Lincoln Center on July 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 28: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett arrive to their 'Cheek To Cheek' taping at at Jazz at Lincoln Center on July 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 28: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga arrive to their 'Cheek To Cheek' taping at Jazz at Lincoln Center on July 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, CANADA - JULY 01: In this handout image provided by Patrick Beaudry,Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga jazzed it up at the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 1, 2014 in Montreal, Canada. Gaga surprised the crowd by joining Bennett on stage for a few numbers. The two are collaborating on a jazz album to be out later this year. (Photo by Patrick Beaudry via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, CANADA - JULY 01: In this handout image provided by Patrick Beaudry,Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga jazzed it up at the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 1, 2014 in Montreal, Canada. Gaga surprised the crowd by joining Bennett on stage for a few numbers. The two are collaborating on a jazz album to be out later this year. (Photo by Patrick Beaudry via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: (Exclusive Coverage) Lady Gaga performs onstage at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts on June 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: (Exclusive Coverage) Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett make surprise appearance at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts on June 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: (Exclusive Coverage) Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett make surprise appearance at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts on June 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: (Exclusive Coverage) Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett make surprise appearance at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts on June 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Lady Gaga sings to Tony Bennett during her concert at Roseland Ballroom on April 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga pose backstage after her show at Roseland Ballroom on April 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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