Artists behind Oscar songs won't perform

Nominated tracks will be showcased with clips from the films

Oscar is breaking with tradition when it comes to its nominated songs.

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Leslie Unger, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said Wednesday the artists behind the year's five nominated songs will not perform during the Oscar telecast.

Instead, the nominated songs will be showcased with clips from the films that featured them.

Up for an Oscar in the original song category are Randy Newman's "Almost There" and "Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog," "+" from "Paris 36" by Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas, Maury Yeston's "Take It All" from "Nine" and "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart" by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.

The Academy Awards will be presented March 7 at the Kodak Theatre and broadcast live on ABC.
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