Oscars 2020 — Elton John, Idina Menzel among performers; Academy to have its first female orchestra conductor
The Oscars will also feature a guest appearance by Questlove this year
The singers from five Oscar-nominated songs will reprise their performances live at next month’s Academy Awards.
Producers said Thursday that best actress nominee Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, Idina Menzel, Chrissy Metz, and Randy Newman will perform during the 9 February ceremony.
Menzel will be joined by singer-songwriter Aurora to perform 'Into The Unknown' from Frozen II. Chrissy Metz will sing 'I’m Standing With You' from Breakthrough.
The ceremony will also feature a guest appearance by Questlove.
Check out the announcement
THIS JUST IN: @CynthiaErivo, @eltonofficial, @idinamenzel, @ChrissyMetz and @RandyNewman will be performing live at the #Oscars. With special appearances by @eimearnoone and @questlove.https://t.co/fHgSiuhrkY
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 23, 2020
This time, the ceremony will also have its first woman orchestra conductor. Irish-born composer-conductor Eímear Noone will conduct portions from the five nominated scores during the ceremony, the Academy announced. Variety quotes Noone as saying, "The wonderful producers at the Oscars decided that they would like to finally see a female presence on the podium after all these years.” Oscar musical director Rickey Minor is expected to conduct the remaining show, as he did during his initial Oscar gig last year. Details about Noone's performance have not been revealed. It is also not known whether the five themes that she is scheduled to perform will be presented as a medley or separately.
Eímear Noone thanked the Academy on social media for inviting her to perform.
Check out the tweet
Thanks to visionary producers Stephanie Allain and Lynette Howell Taylor @TheAcademy and the incredible Rickey Minor, genius music director for the Oscars for inviting me to perform at the Oscars 2020! https://t.co/xh3VzoS0z7 pic.twitter.com/TAowbcYHGy — Eimear Noone (@eimearnoone) January 23, 2020
(With inputs from The Associated Press)
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