Oscars: Queen and Adam Lambert to Perform
The band will join previously announced performers Jennifer Hudson, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Bette Midler.
Queen is set to take the stage at the 2019 Oscars.
The Academy announced Monday on Twitter that the band, the subject of best picture nominee Bohemian Rhapsody, will be joined by Adam Lambert on vocals for a performance on the kudocast. "Is this real life? Is this just fantasy?" the account quoted from the titular song. "The announcement also included a compilation of clips that showed the band and Lambert performing as Queen's hit "We Will Rock You" played.
Lambert, who currently serves as the lead singer for the band, first played with original members Brian May and Roger Taylor while he was competing on American Idol in 2009. The singer began to tour with the band in 2012.
Bohemian Rhapsody is based on Queen's early career and the life of late frontman Freddie Mercury. The film earned five Oscar nominations, including for best picture, actor (Rami Malek), sound editing, sound mixing and film editing.
Queen will join previously announced performers Jennifer Hudson, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Bette Midler, who will all perform songs nominated in the best original song category.
Hudson will take the stage to perform "I'll Fight" from the documentary RBG, while Welch and Rawlings are set to perform "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Cooper and Lady Gaga will sing "Shallow" from A Star Is Born.
Midler took to Twitter on Saturday to announce that she will perform the Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman-written song "The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns.
"So, (drum roll) Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be chanteusing (that's singing) on the Oscars on Feb 24…the nominated song from 'Mary Poppins'...'The Place Where Lost Things Go' ...so excited!!" Midler wrote.
The 91st annual Academy Awards are set to take place Sunday at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.