All five of this year’s nominees for Best Original Song will be performed on the Oscars. The academy confirmed Friday (Feb. 23) that a slew of talent will be raising their voice in song. In making the announcement, Oscars producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said, “We’re excited to have these talented artists showcase the powerful contribution music makes to filmmaking.” The 90th annual Academy Awards air live on ABC on March 4.
Among those slate to sing is Mary J. Blige, who made Oscar history as the first person to be nominated for both acting and composing in the same year. This nine-time Grammy champ will be taking center stage to perform “Mighty River,” which she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson. Her tune is featured in “Mudbound, the film for which she is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
Set for a return appearance at the Oscars is Common, who will duet with Andra Day on “Stand Up For Something” from “Marshall.” The three-time Grammy champ won this Oscar in 2014 for “Glory” from the film “Selma.” He co-wrote this new song with nine-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren.
The frontrunner to win Best Original Song is “Remember Me” from the animated film “Coco.” It was penned by EGOT champ Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez and will be sung by Gael García Bernal, Grammy nominee Natalia LaFourcade and Grammy winner Miguel.
Tony nominee Keala Settle will be belting out the chart-topping “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”. Tony and Oscar-winning composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote this anthem.
Rounding out the line-up is Sufjan Stevens who will croon the tune “Mystery of Love” that he composed for “Call Me by Your Name.” Among the films to feature his songs were the Oscar-winning “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Whisky Foxtrot Tango.”
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