“La La Land” star Emma Stone made it clear to us during a recent interview (watch above) that she had no desire to perform at the Oscars should her big song, “Audition,” be nominated. Well, now it is, and while there’s still time for her to change her mind (and she should), let’s give Oscarcast producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd some other songbirds to consider.
Our six picks are:
Adele: She sang her Oscar-winning title tune from “Skyfall” at the 2013 ceremony to thunderous applause.
Beyonce: She has sang at three ceremonies. In 2005, she soloed on “Look to Your Path” from “Les Choristes” (“The Chorus”) and “Learn to Be Lonely” from “The Phantom of the Opera” and duetted with Josh Groban on “Believe,” from “The Polar Express.” In 2007, she delivered a stirring rendition of “Listen,” which she co-wrote for “Dreamgirls.” And at the 2009 ceremony, she joined host Hugh Jackman in a dazzling production number.
Kristin Chenoweth: She subbed for Amy Adams in an elaborate staging of “That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted” in 2008 and sang “Here’s to the Losers” with host Seth MacFarlane in a sassy closing number to the 2013 ceremony.
Lady Gaga spent months preparing a medley from “The Sound of Music” for the 2015 ceremony and last year performed her nominated song “‘Til it Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground.”
Idina Menzel belted out “Let It Go” from “Frozen” at the 2014 ceremony (perhaps John Travolta can introduce her again).
Lea Michele has performed at the Tonys to great success and is a TV favorite (“Glee,” “Scream Queens”), so why not the Oscars?
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