100 is turning out to be a very good year for Frank Sinatra.
What would have been the musical icon’s centennial birthday on Dec. 12 has been celebrated with an HBO documentary about his life, a Grammy museum exhibit, even dinner specials at an old Las Vegas steakhouse.
A star-studded, Grammy-produced tribute show at the Wynn Las Vegas resort-casino on Wednesday night caps the festivities.
Among the stars paying tribute to Frank Sinatra are Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Adam Levine, Carrie Underwood and Usher.
The two-hour concert airs Sunday from 9 to 11 p.m. EST/PST on CBS.
Daughter Tina Sinatra says the family had been developing plans for a tribute concert in the back of their minds since her father’s death in 1998.
“His legacy is the music, and his music is the legacy. And that’s what cannot die,” she said.
It was after the Grammy’s tribute to the Beatles last year that Tina Sinatra walked into the office of CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves and her question was answered before she could even ask it.
“I know what you’re here for and the answer is yes,” she said Moonves said.
The same producer, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, responsible for The Beatles tribute and shows honoring Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder is returning for the Sinatra concert.
Choosing a fitting location to honor the Hoboken, New Jersey-native came down to New York or Las Vegas, where he crooned often.
“Las Vegas seemed more on the nose,” she said.
Asked what Sinatra himself might think of the lineup and performances if he were sitting in the front row, Grammy president and CEO Neil Portnow said, “I hope he’d feel the love and the joy in the room about being able to celebrate all that he has provided for so many millions, for so many decades and will continue in the future,” adding that the crooner would have a blast. “Doobie-doobie do.”
By Kimberly Pierceall