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When the 91st Academy Awards ceremony airs on Sunday, it will be without a performance of Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s best original song nominee “All the Stars” from Black Panther.
After the nominations for best original song were announced, the Academy extended an invitation to Lamar and SZA to perform, but Lamar, who is currently in Europe, did not feel there was enough time for him to plan and execute a performance, according to one source familiar with the discussions. The producers then decided that since the song was so identified with Lamar and SZA, they did not want to invite others to perform it in their place, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The development means that “All the Stars” will be the only one of the best original song nominees to not be performed at this year’s awards.
The Academy previously announced that Jennifer Hudson will be performing the nominated song “I’ll Fight,” written by Diane Warren for the documentary RBG; Bette Midler will perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman for Mary Poppins Returns; Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will perform their song “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; and Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will perform “Shallow,” written by Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt for A Star Is Born.
The Oscars are set to air Sunday at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Variety first reported the news.
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