A Look Back at Tony Bennett's Life on His 90th Birthday

His life, his legacy, his Grammys.

The legendary pop-jazz crooner, born Anthony Benedetto in New York City, burst onto the music scene in 1951 with two chart-topping hits, "Because of You" and a cover of Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart." He went on to score more than 30 Top 40 singles by 1965.

Bennett has received a variety of other major honors over the course of his long career, including two Emmy Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and recognition by the Kennedy Center Honors.

Besides music, Bennett is a prolific and acclaimed painter.

In celebration of Bennett's 90th birthday, the Empire State Building in New York City will feature a light show tonight synced to some of the singer's well-known songs. In addition, he will attend a star-studded party at 30 Rockefeller Plaza featuring Lady Gaga and other celebrities.