Sure, the Oscars aren’t as music-centric as the Grammys — but that doesn’t mean the evening will be free of all-star performances.
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We already know the crop of A-listers at the Dolby Theatre will be treated to performances by the likes of Pharrell Williams and Idina Menzel, who will show up for nominated songs “Happy” and “Let It Go” (respectively), but there’s always a chance of a surprise during a live awards show. We’ll be updating this post throughout the evening, so check back here for a complete run-down on the Oscars’ musical moments.
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Pharrell Williams sings “Happy” from Despicable Me 2
His hat gets lots of attention, but he also broke out the Dorothy-worthy sparkly red shoes for this performance of “Happy.”
Karen O sings “The Moon Song” from Her
Accompanied by Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, this take on the movie’s main ballad was sweet and simple. The only thing complicated was the mystery of what happened with her shoes.
U2 sings “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
The band grooved in front of a big projection of Nelson Mandela’s face.
Pink pays tribute to Judy Garland
Wearing a ruby slipper inspired gown — though she should have borrowed Pharrell’s shoes — she sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Bette Midler concludes “In Memoriam” section
The Divine Miss M followed up the remembrance of the year’s losses with a rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings.”
Idina Menzel sings “Let It Go” from Frozen
The musical-theater star did not hold it back anymore. (Take that, Demi Lovato fans.)
Jamie Foxx presents Best Original Score
Does this count?
He also presented Best Original Song, which went to Frozen.