The Oscars aren’t just a place to watch Jennifer Lawrence gracefully trip in fancy gowns—there’s music, too!
The show always boasts an impressive roster of musical acts—sandwiched in between endless speeches, sentimental montages and cringeworthy banter.
The Academy Awards have been trying to skew younger in recent years, which is how we got Beyonce singing, like, every nominated song at the 2005 Oscars. This time producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have an eclectic roster that includes Tim McGraw, Common, John Legend and Jack Black.
But we’re most excited about the ladies.
Below, we check out some of the pop divas to get excited about on Oscar night.
The 87th Annual Academy Awards air Sunday, February 22, on ABC.
Sure, she’s not technically a pop diva, but between Pitch Perfect, Into The Woods, and The last Five Years, she’s pretty darn close. Kendrick is slated to be part of a special performance that the producers call “an ’Only on the Oscars’ moment.”
So far, there’s speculation she’ll serve up the Stephen Sondheim classic “On The Steps Of The Palace,” and mild hope among Pitch Perfect fans that she’ll promote the upcoming sequel.
Can we expect some bizarre combination of the two? That would really be aca-amazing!
What, no Tony Bennett? Imagine that! Indeed, the ArtPop princess is flying solo for the first time in a long while. (Cue “Gypsy”: “I don’t wanna be alone forever, but I can be…tonight.“)
The jazz-obsessed diva will be performing “a special tribute” during the show. No word on who or what she’s tributing just yet (unless it’s Tony), but here’s hoping it’s the five-year anniversary of “Telephone.”
Yoncé, where you at?
When it was announced that Rita Ora would be performing her song “Grateful” from Beyond The Lights at the Oscars, the song’s original writer, Diane Warren, was less than enthused—even though it’s nominated for Best Original Song.
Why? ’Cause Rita hasn’t done promotion for the track: “She’s going to sing for, what, a billion people? What an opportunity! And she tweeted about it twice. I’m like, ’Really?'” Warren reportedly snipped at a nominees luncheon earlier this month. Warren, a seven-time nominee for Best Song, went on to call the lack of label support for the tune “the sloppiest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Everyone’s gonna be checking where Kanye is come Oscar night, but we’d be careful Diane Warren doesn’t jump on stage and complain about “recognizing artistry.”
Tegan & Sara
The talented Canadian singer-songwriter sister act will be taking the stage to perform their unstoppably silly-yet-infectious Lego Movie anthem, “Everything Is Awesome,” alongside The Lonely Island dudes.
Not only will Tegan and Sara be representing the LGBT community, they’ll be delivering an unpretentious blast of fun to an otherwise stuffy awards show. Watch for it to be a surprise contender for best performance of the night.
The powerhouse performer has been enlisted for “several musical sequences”—during the Oscars. No word on what that entails—I mean aren’t they always tossing J-Hud into the mix to fill gaps at award shows?
Here’s hoping it involves selections from Dreamgirls, some disco gems from the vastly underrated JHUD and a reprise of her performance of “I Have Nothing” from American Idol Season 3.
Neil Patrick Harris
Let’s not forget our host—he kind of counts as a pop diva too, right? And he’s done a musical number in every awards show he’s ever hosted, so why should Sunday be any different?
But think more Elsa than Hedwig: Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez have created an original number for NPH that promises to be a “multimedia musical sequence.”