Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Adam Levine, Carrie Underwood and Usher are among the artists and celebrities who will salute Frank Sinatra for a TV special slated to air Dec. 6 on CBS, six days before what would have been Sinatra’s 100th birthday.
“Sinatra 100 - An All-Star Grammy Concert” will be taped during a live show that will take place Dec. 2 at the Wynn Las Vegas Encore Theatre, and is billed as “the only televised concert special celebrating Sinatra’s centennial.”
Featured performers will sing songs closely associated with the Chairman of the Board using original arrangements by Gordon Jenkins, Nelson Riddle, Quincy Jones and Don Costa.
“Frank Sinatra is a voice for all generations,” Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said in a statement. “His showmanship and artistry have remained unmatched since he began performing professionally in the 1930s to his last recording 21 years ago. Today, he continues to gain popularity for his classic sound and signature style. It’s only fitting that we join the global celebration in honor of his 100th birthday.”
The two-hour show will be overseen by executive producer Ken Ehrlich of AEG Ehrlich Ventures, who coordinates the Grammy Awards telecast each year as well as numerous other music specials for television.
“My personal memories of Frank remind me that he was a class act who also knew how to have fun. That's what this celebration will be," Ehrlich said in the same statement. “By partnering with Steve Wynn and featuring Las Vegas as the backdrop, the evening will be a party the Rat Pack would be proud of.”
The Sinatra special is the latest in an evolving series of all-star salutes that began in 2014 with the Grammy-CBS salute to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and last year’s multi-artist tribute to multiple Grammy winner Stevie Wonder.
Jack Sussman, CBS Entertainment’s executive vice president of specials, music and live events, told The Times earlier this year the network specials would continue as long as they could identify honorees deserving of the recognition, and in Wednesday’s statement he added, “The name Frank Sinatra is synonymous with excellence that is timeless. As a performer, he possessed undeniable charisma and masterful artistry that resonate throughout generations.”
The special is slotted to air from 9 to 11 p.m. Dec. 6.