Sting, Timberlake, Legend and Miranda to perform at Oscars
- Author: Ernesto Newman Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 0:31
On Friday, the Academy announced that Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Sting, and Lin-Manuel Miranda will all perform the numbers nominated for best song.
Show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said they're thrilled to welcome the stars to the stage. The one shake-up may be Best Song, where Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has a strong standing. He'll be joined onstage by Auli'i Cravalho, the actress who voiced the title character.
Seventeen-time Grammy victor Sting, who earned a Tony nomination for the score toThe Last Ship, will perform his nominated song "The Empty Chair" from the documentary Jim: The James Foley Story. A 2014 Kennedy Center Honoree, Sting has sold over 100 million records. And Timberlake will be trotting out his irritatingly infectious "Can't Stop The Feeling", from last year's sugar-coated kids comedy Trolls. While he's appeared in an Oscar-winning movie - "The Social Network" - he's never been nominated before.
Legend is set to perform "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" and "City of Stars" from La La Land, the romantic musical he produced and starred in. Legend is well acquainted with these songs - he also had a part in La La Land, playing a jazz singer who enjoys some crossover success. He previously won for the song "Glory" from "Selma".
The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.