Frank Sinatra was born 100 years ago on Dec. 12, and throughout his life the iconic singer left an indelible mark on pop culture and society, influencing innumerable artists.
To recognize the late entertainer, The Recording Academy, in partnership with CBS recruited a marquee lineup to fill its Sinatra 100 — An All-Star GRAMMY Concert Sunday, including Lady Gaga (pictured above); she will close the set with “New York, New York.” Other performers include John Legend, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, and Tony Bennett.
Some of the participating artists posed for photographs, debuting exclusively on EW, with their favorite Sinatra album covers and spoke about his impact on music. Below, see heartfelt words from seven artists who will pay tribute to Sinatra on Sunday during CBS’ broadcast.
John Legend with Chrissy Teigen
Legend: “I hope we do him justice.”
“He looks so happy and classy [on Ultimate Sinatra],” Underwood says. “It’s important to keep this music alive.”
Why did Jonas sign up? To “sing for my late grandfather, who always sang Sinatra to me.”
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“[Sinatra was] the best in business,” says Bennett.
“My parents played Frank all the time in the house and now my kids sing and dance around the house to him,” Brown adds.
LL Cool J
“This photo looks so candid with essence of ‘cool,'” LL Cool J says of theTry a Little Tenderness cover.
An underrated Sinatra contribution? Nicknames. “Frank was the first to call me ‘Q,'” Jones shares.
EW also has the full setlist of the two-hour show, seen below. The order, except Gaga closing, is TBD.
“All The Way” – Celine Dion
“The Best Is Yet To Come” – Adam Levine
“I’ll Be Seeing You” – Trisha Yearwood
“In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning” – Nick Jonas
“I’ve Got A Crush On You” – Alicia Keys
“I’ve Got The World On A String” – Tony Bennett
“The Lady Is A Tramp” – Garth Brooks
“Luck Be A Lady” – Harry Connick, Jr.
Medley: “Change Partners,” “One Note Samba,” “The Girl From Ipanema” – Juanes
Medley: “Come Fly With Me,” “Bewitched,” “Stars Fell On Alabama,” “Learning The Blues” – Zac Brown, Seth MacFarlane, Carrie Underwood
Medley: “Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week),” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “My Kind Of Town,” “You And Me (We Wanted It All)” – Connick, Jr., John Legend, Levine, Katharine McPhee
“My Funny Valentine” – Sam Smith
“One For My Baby ” – MacFarlane
“Someone To Watch Over Me” – Underwood
“Somethin’ Stupid” – Nancy Sinatra
“That’s Life” – Usher
“Theme From New York, New York” – Lady Gaga
“The Way You Look Tonight” – Brown
“Young At Heart” – Legend
Sinatra 100 airs Sunday at 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET on CBS.