Kendrick Lamar and SZA will not perform All The Stars at the Oscars
The song from the Black Panther soundtrack is the only Best Original Song nominee that will not be featured live.
Kendrick Lamar and SZA will not perform their nominated song All The Stars at the Oscars on Monday (Feb 25, Singapore time).
The pair turned down an invitation to perform the song off the Black Panther soundtrack at the ceremony, the only nominee for Best Original Song not to perform at the Academy Awards this year. The superhero film is also nominated for Best Picture.
While no reason was given, the category has been plagued by poor planning and hedging by organisers. After film publication Variety reported that only two of the five nominated songs were slated to air live, widespread criticism resulted in the Academy issuing a statement that said all songs will be performed in a “truncated, 90-second form”.
The pair also did not perform All the Stars at the Grammys earlier this month, where the song was nominated for four awards, including Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.
The other nominated songs will be performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (Shallow), Jennifer Hudson (I’ll Fight), Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings (When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings) and Bette Midler (The Place Where Lost Things Go).
Rock legend Queen will also appear on the telecast, fronted by Adam Lambert, in celebration of their biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, a Best Picture nominee.