The upcoming Oscar telecast is turning into a musical celebration. Barbra Streisand will perform at the show for the first time in 36 years, the producers announced today (Jan. 30).
Streisand joins Adele and Norah Jones in a relaunch of music for the movies. “In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
They added, “how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.” In 1977, Streisand won an Oscar for “Evergreen,” a song she wrote and performed. Co-writer of the song was Paul Williams.
She won the Oscar for Best Actress in “Funny Girl” (1968). She was nominated again in 1973 for her lead performance in “The Way We Were.” She was also nominated for producing the “The Prince of Tides” (1991), which was nominated for Best Picture. She also directed the film. Earlier the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Adele will be making her first appearance since the birth of her baby. For more, go here.
But a recap, she will sing “Skyfall.” The song was written by Adele and Paul Epworth. It is is the first Bond theme ever to debut in Billboard’s Top 10. Meanwhile, it is the first James Bond song to be nominated for an Oscar since “For Your Eyes Only” in 1981.
“We have enormous respect for Adele’s unique artistry as a songwriter and a singer,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producers of this year’s Academy Awards show. The Academy wasn’t done there. Also announced was Norah Jones.
She will perform“Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” with music by Walter Murphy and lyrics by Seth MacFarlane. It is nominated for an Original Song Oscar. “I had such a great time recording this song with Seth, and was thrilled to find out that it was nominated for an Oscar,” said Jones.
“Getting to perform it at such a prestigious event, which my friend is hosting, is a once in a lifetime opportunity.” This will be her first time performing on an Oscar show. “We are happy to have Norah Jones perform Seth’s and Walter Murphy’s nominated song on our Oscar telecast,” said producers Zadan and Meron.
On that note, they touched on the host also being involved in the song. “We are big admirers of Norah’s singing and she will help celebrate the unique circumstance of having an Oscar host who is also nominated for Best Original Song.”
The Oscars air on ABC Feb. 24.