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Queen to Perform at 2019 Oscars

Queen to Perform at 2019 Oscars
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/19/2019 12:44:03 PM IST

 Queen will take the stage at the 2019 Oscars. The Academy announced the performance by the band that’s the subject of best picture nominee Bohemian Rhapsody, joined by Adam Lambert on vocals, on Twitter on Monday. “Is this real life? Is this just fantasy?” the account quoted from the band’s song “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The announcement included a compilation of clips that showed the band and current lead singer Lambert performing as Queen’s hit “We Will Rock You” played.

Queen also shared the news on its Twitter account, while Lambert posted the same video and tweeted, “We will rock The Oscars.”

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 lead singer Freddie Mercury. The film earned five Oscar nominations, including best picture, best actor (Rami Malek), best sound editing, best sound mixing and best 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!!,” she wrote.

The 91st annual Academy Awards will take place on February 24 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The ceremony will be broadcast on ABC at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The move comes in the wake of the blockbuster success of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the biopic about the band and its late singer, Freddie Mercury. The film is nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture.

The band now performs under the name Queen + Adam Lambert, with two of the four original members - guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor - fronted by former “American Idol” star Lambert, who has won critical applause in his role as the group’s frontman over the past few years. Bassist John Deacon has not performed with Queen for many years.

The telecast’s producers were known to have reached out to representatives for the film and the band early in the planning process to try to procure Queen for the opening slot of the show.

(Billboard/IANS)

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