The Academy Confirms Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper Will Perform At The Oscars
It’s official: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will team up to perform their Oscar-nominated hit "Shallow" on the Academy Awards telecast.
In addition, the Academy confirmed that Gillian Welch and David Rawlings would perform another nominated song, "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings," from the movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Jennifer Hudson will sing "I’ll Fight," from the documentary RBG, on the telecast, and another nominated tune, the Mary Poppins Returns song "The Place Where Lost Things Go," will be performed by a "surprise special guest," suggesting it won’t be sung by actress Emily Blunt, who Deadline reports is "apprehensive" about performing.
All that remains is for the Academy to confirm that the final nominated song, "All the Stars" from the Black Panther soundtrack, will be performed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA.
Initially, the Academy was only going to feature "Shallow" and "All the Stars," in an attempt to keep the telecast shorter. But reportedly, when the nominees banded together and demanded all or nothing, the Academy relented – but will allegedly shorten each song to 90 seconds.
Deadline reports the producers of the Oscars did want to cut three of the songs, but either Gaga or her reps pushed back on the "completely unfair" proposal and threatened to pull her "Shallow" performance. Clearly not wanting to lose what should be one of the evening’s most memorable moments, the Academy gave in.
The Oscars air February 24th, live on ABC.