Oscars: U2 Receives Standing Ovation for Original Song 'Ordinary Love' (Video)
Bono and his U2 bandmates, including The Edge, gave an emotional performance during the Academy Awards where they sang Oscar-nominated original song, "Ordinary Love," from the Weinstein Co. biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
This is the band's second Oscar nomination since 2003 for "The Hands That Built America" from the 2002 film Gangs of New York and their latest song in three years.
During the performance, which was introduced by Brad Pitt, a slideshow of pictures of the late Nelson Mandela appeared in the background honoring the band's personal friend.
"Ordinary Love" was released Nov. 21, less than a week before Mandela died. Harvey Weinstein personally asked the band to write the original score for the film.
U2's performance followed an upbeat, celebrity-shimmy performance by Pharrell Williams and his Oscar nominee score for "Happy" and a somber performance by Karen O for "The Moon Song." Idina Menzel is also set to sing Frozen's "Let It Go." Pink and first-time Oscar performer Bette Midler are also hitting the stage during the awards show.
The Oscars aired live on ABC Television at the Hollywood & Highland's Dolby theater hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
Watch U2's tribute to Nelson Mandela at The Academy Awards.