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Karen O took the Academy Awards stage Sunday with special guest Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig accompanying on guitar for their performance of Oscar-nominated original song from Her, “The Moon Song.”
Dressed in a deep-V red gown, a seated Karen O brought an ethereal mood to the Dolby Theatre with Koenig’s help on supporting vocals. The performance was in stark contrast to Pharrell Williams‘ show-stealing performance of Despicable Me‘s “Happy” minutes before, with dozens of dancers amping up the star-filled crowd. An image of a moon rose as Karen O and Koenig crooned “The Moon Song” with the rest of the stage in black.
The two teamed up for a new version of “The Moon Song,” which was co-written by Karen O and Her director Spike Jonze, as part of a three-song EP released on iTunes. Karen O also recorded a solo version.
The Oscars performance marked the first time the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman sang the song for a global television audience. The three other nominated songs are “Happy” from Despicable Me 2, “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and “Let It Go” from Frozen.
On Feb. 10, Karen O performed the song at The Hollywood Reporter’s Nominees Night accompanied by guitarist Imaad Wasif. She took the stage and dedicated the performance to Jonze and “everyone here who’s been a part of Her,” calling the movie, which nominated for five Oscars, an “amazing film.”
The other Oscar nominees in the original song category, “Let It Go” from Frozen, “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 and “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, were also featured during the main telecast.
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