Will Lady Gaga Sing at the Oscars?
While the Oscars will go on without a host for the first time since 1989, a slew of stars set to sing the songs defining this year’s nominees will take the reigns.
The last time the Oscars went on without a host, a musically subpar Rob Lowe – albeit not utterly tone deaf – and Disney’s Snow White strung audiences along for a grueling 11 minutes. Though there will be a 30-year gap between the hostless ceremonies, jokes and criticisms surrounding that fateful night still abound, so it’s crucial that the Academy gets it right this time.
For the 91st Academy Awards, performers with accomplished musical careers are taking the stage. Since producers have to make up for the entertainment deficit associated with a hostless ceremony, viewers can expect live performances of each original song nominated for an Oscar.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will perform “Shallow” at the Oscars
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will perform their hit “Shallow” from the box-office smash and critically acclaimed Oscar nominee A Star Is Born.
While Bradley Cooper has fessed up to a huge case of nerves regarding this live performance, fans have full faith that he will rise to the occasion.
Though Cooper told E!News, “I’m sure I’ll be terrified” according to Elle, he impressed fans when he appeared as a surprise guest, to perform “Shallow,” alongside Lady Gaga at her Las Vegas concert.
One of five nominees for best original song, “Shallow” is considered a shoo-in for this award according to several odds calculations; however, that doesn’t mean it’s the only performance you should be highly anticipating.
Though Cooper and Gaga are sure to bring the audience, and viewers at home, to their feet, the likes of Jennifer Hudson and Bette Midler are set to take the stage to perform other songs nominated in the category.
Who else will p
erform at the Oscars?
Jennifer Hudson – the vocal powerhouse and Dreamgirl herself – will perform “I’ll Fight” from the documentary RBG (about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg), according to Variety.
In RBG, Jennifer Hudson brings her vocal prowess and acting dexterity to a lyric and melody wrought with equal parts tenderness, tribulation, and triumph. And as a result, she draws the listener into the screen and effortlessly transfers her sentiment.
The Divine Miss M, more commonly known as Bette Midler, will take the stage to perform “Where the Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns. The 73-year-old singer, just off from her run as Dolly Levi in Broadway’s Hello, Dolly!, will sing the tune Emily Blunt so delicately executes in the film.
Emily Blunt has previously spoken out regarding her fear of singing in front of live audiences, according to The Telegraph, so it’s not a huge surprise that she isn’t performing the number she brought to life.
As the icon and diva known for gracing audiences with her tearful ballads – from “The Wind Beneath My Wings” to “The Rose” and “From a Distance” – Midler should have no issue communicating the simultaneous sense of wonder and sorrow equally interwoven into “Where the Lost Things Go.”
Joining Bette Midler and Jennifer Hudson are David Rawlings and Gillian Welch, set to perform “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from the Netflix original The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Will Kendrick Lamar and SZA perform “All the Stars” from ‘Black Panther’ at the Oscars?
As of now, “All the Stars” is the only Oscar-nominated song that may not be performed at the ceremony. Lamar and SZA have not confirmed or denied whether they will perform this number, so let’s hope they plan to surprise us.
With four of the five Oscar-nominated candidates for best original song receiving performances, hopefully, Lamar and SZA will jump in and round out the category.