Oscars show to include all Best Song performances after backlash

Lady Gaga is expected to sing Shallow at the upcoming 2019 Oscars, while Jennifer Hudson will perform I'll Fight from documentary RBG.

The 2019 Oscars show will include performances of all tunes nominated in the Best Original Song category after all.

According to editors at Variety, officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences originally planned to only include performances of two nominated songs during the telecast on 24 February (19), with those tracks reported to be Shallow from A Star Is Born and All The Stars from Black Panther.

As recently as last week (ends27Jan19), representatives for the other nominees in the category - Diane Warren's I'll Fight from documentary RBG, When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns - were told there wasn't "enough time" for them to be included.

However, sources have now told the film publication that there will renditions of all songs at the ceremony even though some may only be in "truncated, 90-second form".

On Thursday, an Academy spokesperson took to Twitter to confirm that Jennifer Hudson has been tapped to sing I'll Fight during the show, while The Place Where Lost Things Go will be performed by a "surprise special guest".

That means a performance of When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings, penned by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch, is the only song not yet officially confirmed for the Oscars telecast. The song was originally performed by Willie Watson and Tim Blake Nelson.

Lady Gaga, who has also been nominated in the Best Actress category for A Star Is Born, is expected to sing Shallow, while Kendrick Lamar and SZA are lined-up for All the Stars. Meanwhile, fans have speculated that it is most likely that Emily Blunt will make an appearance during The Place Where Lost Things Go, which was written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

The news comes as the 2019 Oscars is still without a host, with Kevin Hart pulling out of the role in December after homophobic messages he posted on Twitter in the past re-emerged online. The last time the Academy Awards went host-less was 1989.

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