As Woman Gaga would say, “HAAAAAAAA-AHHHHHH-AHHHHHH”

This 12 months’s Oscars are proper across the nook.

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They air on ABC on April 25th.

And sure, we love the flicks, and the speeches, and the viewers reactions.

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Bear in mind when the introduced La La Land received greatest image after which midway by the speeches instructed us it was truly Moonlight?

However one thing should even be stated for the music. Yearly the Academy invitations the Finest Music nominees to carry out for Hollywood’s greatest stars, and magical moments are created.

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Okay, so loads of the time the performances are literally mediocre, BUT once in a while we do get a magical second people.

So with none additional ado, listed here are 27 of the best Finest Music performances in Oscar historical past.


Final Dance (1978) – Donna Summer season


Let’s begin issues proper with the winner of the 1978 Oscar for Finest Music (beating out “Hopelessly Dedicated to You” from Grease amongst others.) Performing her disco hit from Thank God It’s Friday, which she starred in alongside Jeff Goldblum, Donna Summer season took over the Oscar telecast. In a class typically full of stuffy ballads, Summer season, in a glittery vibrant purple gown introduced an electrical vitality to the stage. Oh, and since it’s the 70’s, there are simply gigantic spinning mirrors hanging out within the background.


9 to five (1980) – Dolly Parton


Vaccine queen Dolly Parton by no means disappoints, so while you see she’s performing on the Oscars, you recognize it’s going to be good. Singing her hit titular hit from 9 to five (which is required viewing for all the human race), Dolly flawlessly delivers the “I hate my job” anthem. And who doesn’t love a bunch of educated male dancers dressed as guide laborers ala the Village Individuals prancing in circles round Dolly whereas she belts? We stan good choreo. The truth that this tune misplaced to “Fame” is de facto the very first thing I’d return and repair if given a time machine.


Countless Love (1981) – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie


This quantity begins with residing legends Diana Ross & Lionel Richie descending large white staircases on reverse sides, of the stage and it simply will get higher from there. The pair, who’re performing their hit from the 1981 Brooke Shields romance of the identical identify, croon away at one another whereas the Academy watches. The tune would go on to lose the Oscar “Finest That You Can Do” from Arthur, however it might be lined by Mariah Carey and Shania Twain, so who’s the actual loser?


Eye of the Tiger (1982) – The Temptations


On a reasonably common foundation, the producers of the Academy Awards telecast determine they want extra star energy for his or her present, and one strategy to increase the extent of superstar is to herald the massive weapons for a musical efficiency. Whereas this iconic highschool basketball crew warmup tune was carried out by the band Survivor within the Rocky movie, the Academy recruited The Temptations to sing it on the present. In matching outfits and with matching choreography, the Motown legends razzle-dazzled earlier than the tune misplaced to “Up The place We Belong” from An Officer and a Gentleman. Bizarre piece of trivia: “Eye of the Tiger,” regardless of being THE tune of the Rocky franchise, first seems in Rocky III (aka the one with Mr. T.)


Let’s Hear It for the Boy (1984) – Deniece Williams


In a stacked Finest Music 12 months the place the competitors included the theme songs from Footloose and Ghostbusters, in addition to hits by Stevie Surprise and Phil Collins, this jaunty efficiency by Deniece stands out. She whirls across the stage in a really sparkly, flowy robe (watch it twinkle in these 80’s movie lenses) whereas a full band performs behind her atop glowing pink blocks. Deniece, the tune from Footloose, and the efficiency are simply so joyful. I need to additionally confess that that is my go-to jam for after I want a pump up, and the boy I have to “hear it for” is myself.


Sooner of Later (1990) – Madonna


Is that the ghost of Marilyn Monroe? Nah, it’s simply Madonna. To ring within the 90’s, the chart-topping Queen of Pop graced the Oscar stage in a Marilyn-inspired efficiency of the tune she additionally sang in Dick Tracy. Written by Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim, the lyrics zip alongside as Madge flaunts for the digicam. Her Oscar competitors, a poor little kids’s choir performing the House Alone, tune didn’t stand an opportunity.


Magnificence and the Beast (1991) – Peabo Bryson, Celine Dion & Angela Lansbury


For each traditional, timeless, breathtaking Oscar Finest Music efficiency, we get not less than one goofy clunker. Enter: this bonkers efficiency of the eventual Oscar winner from the Disney traditional. We begin with a ballerina flitting round one other dancer (dressed because the beast?) crouched on a pedestal (why?) in a cage (why?) whereas Mrs. Potts herself, Angela Lansbury sings. After which simply to make it weirder, we trot out Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion whereas the creepy Beast ballerina dances round some extra. AND THEN all 5 of them do a bow collectively prefer it’s the curtain name of your junior excessive musical. So unusual however so mesmerizing.


Can You Really feel the Love Tonight (1994) – Elton John


Disney actually ran practice within the Finest Music class within the 90’s with wins for The Little Mermaid, Magnificence and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, and Tarzan (and Hercules solely misplaced as a result of it ran in opposition to Titanic). The efficiency of “Can You Really feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John, who wrote the tune and later took residence the Oscar, is a masterclass in timelessness. Stunning vocals and instrumentals with not a Timon or Pumba ballerina in sight.


Journey to the Previous (1997) – Aaliyah


Making an attempt to copy the Disney mannequin for animated musical success, Fox produced Anastasia, and like Disney promoted their lead tune for the Oscars with a flashy celebrity-sung cowl. The 19-year-old Aaliyah sang her model on the Academy Awards, turning into the youngest lady ever to carry out on the ceremony. Anastasia (like Hercules) would fall sufferer to Celine Dion, however the second stands as a reminder of simply how proficient Aaliyah was.


My Coronary heart Will Go On (1997) – Celine Dion


And talking of Celine…Apart from “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, I’d argue that is essentially the most iconic Finest Music winner. Titanic was unstoppable that 12 months. Nobody else was getting inside an ocean liner’s attain of that Oscar. Within the goosebump-raising efficiency, Celine belts the unforgettable ballad, the Coronary heart of the Ocean round her neck, the fog machine on full blast, the orchestra dressed up just like the Titanic’s ill-fated band within the background. From the primary notes of that little flute, I used to be entranced.


I Do not Need to Miss a Factor (1997) – Aerosmith


No, this isn’t your tenth grade college dance. That is the 1998 Oscars! (Though each occasions featured sweaty, nervous individuals in formalwear and this Aerosmith tune.) The ability ballad and bona fide radio hit from Armageddon (which starred Steven Tyler’s daughter Liv) was written by perennial Oscar loser Diane Warren, which meant it was cursed from the beginning, however the rock n roll efficiency definitely spiced up the at occasions stuffy ceremony.


When You Imagine (1998) – Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston


And taking residence the 1998 statue that Diane Warren misplaced is that this tune from the animated movie The Prince of Egypt. To carry out collectively (i.e. duel to the vocal demise) are Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Sure, they’re holding palms. Sure, they’re smiling. Sure, they’re carrying matching white attire and singing concerning the Bible. However the competitors is alive and effectively. Watch this efficiency and inform me you’re not getting massive “I’m getting the solo in our subsequent present choir live performance” vitality. The riffs. The runs. The vary. It is a rivalry, and we’re simply fortunate to observe.


Blame Canada (1999) – Robin Williams


Most Oscar-nominated songs are highly effective anthems or pop hits, however each from time to time a comedy tune sneaks in, equivalent to this little ditty from South Park: Greater, Longer & Uncut (don’t you like that somebody needed to learn that on the ceremony?) Within the movie, its sung by a refrain of South Park mother and father, however on the Oscars, comedy legend Robin Williams was recruited to carry out the piece. Who can resist Mrs. Doubtfire excessive kicking with a bunch of Canadian mounties? Not I.


Music of My Coronary heart (1999) – Gloria Estefan & ‘N Sync


Look. I absolutely acknowledge that this efficiency is likely to be run-of-the-mill to you, reader, sitting right here in 2021. BUT I’m penning this listing, and I used to be OBSESSED with ‘N Sync as a pre-teen (as a result of my older cousins instructed me to be), so ‘N Sync is making the lower. I’ve by no means heard of the Meryl Streep movie Music of the Coronary heart. I don’t know what it’s about. I’ve no want to seek out out. BUT I’d acknowledge my favourite boy band harmonizing whereas carrying saggy pastel fits anyplace. So I’m placing these legends on the listing.


I’ve Seen It All (2000) – Bjork


This isn’t concerning the efficiency. That is concerning the gown. When Bjork was requested to sing her tune from the Danish movie Dancer within the Darkish during which she stars, on the Oscars, she determined to point out up in a gown that regarded like a swan. She then carried out her very dour tune trying like a large chicken had died on high of her. It’s the most memorable piece of Oscar trend this millennium. Truthfully the Academy ought to have pulled an audible and given her the Finest Costume Oscar on the spot.


Kiss on the Finish of the Rainbow (2004) – Eugene Levy & Catherine O’Hara


Lengthy earlier than Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara graced our screens as Johnny and Moira Rose in Schitt’s Creek, the performed the folks duo Mitch & Mickey in Christopher Visitor’s mockumentary A Mighty Wind. The pair of Canadian humorous individuals reunited in-character on the Oscars to carry out their zither-infused folks tune (and kissed in the course of it.) Don’t let their loss to a Lord of the Rings tune or Moira’s warbly performances with the Jazz-a-Gals cover the truth that these two can definitely carry a tune.


Laborious Out Right here for a Pimp (2005) – Three 6 Mafia & Taraji P. Henson


The (principally older, principally white) Academy appears at residence within the genres of pop, rock, soul, and nation, however they hardly ever acknowledge the rap songs that shine on the massive display screen. This made the win for the Hustle & Movement tune all of the extra astonishing. On the ceremony, the tune’s writers Three 6 Mafia rapped together with Taraji P. Henson, who sang it within the movie, whereas an ensemble of what I assume are actors dressed as pimps and prostitutes strut throughout the stage. The truth that this efficiency immediately adopted Meryl Streep giving out a lifetime achievement award and proceeded Jennifer Garner giving out the Finest Sound Enhancing Oscar actually units the temper much more.


Within the Deep (2005) – Hen York


Up in opposition to “Laborious Out Right here for a Pimp” was this drowsy ballad from Crash, the problematic 2005 Finest Image Winner. The ensemble movie focuses on the varied individuals concerned in a automotive crash in LA, whereas sloppily discussing race. On the Oscars, they then determined to have Hen York purr the melody whereas a CAR IS ON FIRE behind her. Actors stumble round in dry ice pretending to be victims of a horrific pile up. Maybe a cool visible, however a wee bit triggering, I’d say.


Dreamgirls Medley (2006) – Beyonce & Jennifer Hudson


RED ALERT! Beyonce is on the Oscar stage. That is the excessive level of the listing. It’s all downhill after Queen B. To have a good time the three (sure three!) nominated songs from Dreamgirls, Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson carried out the medley. The Academy gave an Oscar to J. Hud that night time, however the place is Beyonce’s HUH? HUH? You couldn’t give her an Oscar for “Spirit”? WHY NOT? WHAT GIVES?

Okay. I’m getting labored up. Settle down Matthew. Settle down.

In any case, the most-Grammy successful lady ever serves you V.O.C.A.L.S. in all three of those numbers. She stuns in her purple gown. She vibes with the choir. That is the proper Oscar efficiency. Everybody else take notice.


That is How You Know (2007) – Kristin Chenoweth


When Disney’s Enchanted earned the triple nomination the next 12 months, they opted out of a medley, staging three separate performances as an alternative. With the movie’s star Amy Adams taking “Completely satisfied Working Music,” Broadway belter Kristin Chenoweth (whose Depraved co-lead truly appeared in Enchanted) was introduced in to sing the peppy Central Park-set quantity. Mimicking the movie, a complete troupe of dancers be part of within the enjoyable as your typical park goers.


Skyfall (2012) – Adele


Some Oscar performances lean on burning vehicles or elaborate choreography. Adele doesn’t need assistance. In her efficiency of the theme from the James Bond movie Skyfall, she instructions the room with simply her voice. It’s simply her and the orchestra. She barely takes a step, and but we’re captivated.


Glory (2014) – John Legend & Widespread


The 2014 Finest Music winner from Ava DuVernay’s Selma moved past its position as a chunk of music written for movie and have become cultural rallying cry for racial justice. In spite of everything twenty of that 12 months’s appearing nominees had been Caucasian and #OscarsSoWhite turned an indictment of the Academy, the efficiency served as a lot as a protest of the racism deeply rooted inside the movie trade because it did a celebration of the tune. Staged with a reproduction of the Edmund Pettus Bridge that Martin Luther King Jr. marched throughout, and ending with a choir of black voices singing “glory,” the efficiency left the viewers with chills and the Academy with the message to do higher.


Every part Is Superior (2014) – Tegan and Sarah & The Lonely Island


Shedding to “Glory” in 2014 was this pleasant romp from The Lego Film about how great life and miniature plastic constructing blocks could be. On the Oscars, the musical Canadian twins had been joined on stage by the comedy songsters made well-known by Saturday Night time Dwell. The quintet bounced alongside to the music with dozens of Lego people. Additionally Lego Oscars got to members of the viewers. For a lot of, it was the one Oscar they went residence with that night time.


Til It Occurs to You (2015) – Woman Gaga


The next 12 months, Woman Gaga and Oscar-curse-bearer Diane Warren had been nominated collectively for a tune from The Looking Floor, a documentary about sexual assault on school campuses. In the course of the ceremony, Woman Gaga belted out the transferring ballad alone at white grand piano, till the stage opened and she or he was joined by dozens of different sexual assault survivors. After the music stopped, these on stage joined palms in a robust show of unity and energy.


Cannot Cease the Feeling (2016) – Justin Timberlake


Whereas the Oscars typically go for an enormous opening quantity, they normally lean in direction of authentic emcee-led songs concerning the ceremony itself quite than a efficiency by one of many Finest Music nominees. In 2016, they began the night time with the previous ‘N Sync member’s jazzy chart topper from Trolls. JT started the tune out within the foyer of the Dolby Theatre after which danced his means down the aisles to the stage, dancers in tow. The celebs appeared into it if their bebopping is any indication.


Thriller of Love (2017) – Sufjan Stevens


Is the Name Me By Your Title soundtrack what you take heed to if you find yourself strolling someplace within the rain and wish to really feel just like the melancholy predominant character of a film? Or is that simply me? The soothing melody from the LGBT+ romance was carried out on the Oscars by the composer/singer Sufjan Stevens whereas St. Vincent accompanied. It was a quieter efficiency, however with the renaissance artwork background and spare staging, the entire quantity labored in a dreamy, hypnotic type of means.


Shallow (2018) – Woman Gaga & Bradley Cooper


Woman Gaga is aware of learn how to placed on a present. Every part concerning the Oscar efficiency of her Grammy-winning showstopper from A Star Is Born is fascinating. The best way the digicam pans ahead from the again of the stage and we see Bradley and Gaga climb up from their seats. The best way Gaga stands Bradley earlier than she strikes to the piano. The best way she bangs on the keys whereas singing/screaming. The best way Bradley sits beside her. The best way they stare into every others eyes after they sing the ultimate traces. THIS is the way you make a spectacle. We want extra Gaga. Who do I’ve to name to get a Chromatica efficiency at this 12 months’s Oscars?

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