Last night the stars came out and several of them sang at the 91st Academy Awards. The show kicked off with a rousing medley of Queen classics, performed by Adam Lambert and the surviving members of the late Freddie Mercury’s band.
Then, came a parade of Best Original Song nominees, all save for Sounwave, Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Tiffith, and SZA, who declined the invite to perform “All the Stars” from Black Panther.
Jennifer Hudson brought vocal bravado, bold fashion choices, but no dissent collar to her performance of “I’ll Fight,” the Oscar-nominated Diane Warren song from the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG.
David Rawlings and Gillian Welch reteamed to reprise “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Divine diva Bette Midler performed “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns. We don’t know why. She’s not in that movie. Just go with it.
In some respects, it was a rough night for A Star Is Born’s team. Despite eight nominations, they’d only score one win. But what a win. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper reunited onstage to perform “Shallow,” which would go on to earn the Best Original Song award. Their performance caused audiences to believe in love again.
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