QUEEN, LADY GAGA: Bring Music to the *Oscars* With Performances, Wins

Written by on February 25, 2019

The Academy Awards honors the finest in films, but there were times during Sunday night’s Oscars telecast that it felt like music’s biggest night.

In celebration of the blockbuster film Bohemian RhapsodyQueen kicked off the night — live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood — with the one-two punch of “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions,” with guitarist Brian May sharing the spotlight with Adam Lambert, the band’s latest replacement vocalist for the late Freddie Mercury.

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga also did well for her himself, putting in a stunning performance of “Shallow” with co-star A Star Is Born co-star Bradley Cooper and taking the Oscar ofBest Song for the tune (along with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt), but she lost in the best actresscategory.

Other Best Song nominee performances during the night included Jennifer Hudson‘s “I’ll Fight” from RBGBette Midler’s take of “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings doing “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster ScruggsKendrick Lamar and SZA couldn’t make the show, so there was no performance of “All the Stars” from Black Panther.

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