Tony Bennett Excited About Teaming Up With Lady Gaga

NEW YORK (March 22, 2013)--Tony Bennett, 86, says he "can't wait" to record his next album with Lady Gaga.

He said in an interview that he and the pop star will record "a big swing album."

“We have it all worked out already on paper,” he said.

Bennett and Gaga collaborated on "The Lady Is a Tramp" for his Grammy-winning, platinum-selling 2011 "Duets II" album.

He called the 26-year-old a "wonderful person and a great talent."

Bennett released "Viva Duets," a collaborative album with Latin American singers including Gloria Estefan and Marc Anthony, in October.

He says he wants to work with Gaga because "she's quite different" and adds that he's also impressed with Gaga as a business woman.

Bennett, meanwhile, was honored Thursday at the first Amy Winehouse Foundation Inspiration Awards and Gala in New York.

He said Winehouse "had a great life because she ended up praying for the success that she wanted and it happened."

Harry Belafonte presented the award to Bennett, and even said Bennett introduced him to Winehouse's music.

The Grammy-winning singer died in 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning.

Her foundation assists disadvantaged youth.

Jennifer Hudson performed at the event, earning a standing ovation from Bennett, who also sang.

Attendees included Mark Ronson, Sean Lennon and Winehouse's father, mother and brother.

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