Dave Grohl, Pharrell and Lady Gaga announced at this year’s Oscars ceremony

The Weeknd and Sam Smith will also appear at Hollywood bash

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Pharrell and Lady Gaga are set to appear at this year’s Oscars ceremony.

Last year’s winners John Legend and Common are also due to perform as are The Weeknd and Sam Smith, both of whom are nominated for Best Original Song.

A current list of everyone set to appear at the 88th Academy Awards is available on the Oscars’ website.

Of the musicians named, only Grohl was specified as a performer.

The event will be hosted by Chris Rock who recently became the latest person to criticise the annual awards for showing a lack of diversity.

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No black actors nominated in any of the major categories for the second year in a row. Just like in 2015, #OscarsSoWhite was trending on Twitter as fans expressed their outrage at history repeating itself.

In a recent promotional clip for the awards, which he will host on February 28, Rock makes reference to the outrage and labelled the Oscars “The White BET Awards”. Rock did, however, give a list of three things people can still tune in to see; “Presenter cleavage,” to “Check out who died this year” and “I might curse.”

No black actors nominated in any of the major categories for the second year in a row. Just like in 2015, #OscarsSoWhite was trending on Twitter as fans expressed their outrage at history repeating itself.

Rock, who recently claimed that Jennifer Lawrence’s problems with equal pay in Hollywood would be worse if she was black, will host the Oscars for the second time when he helms this year’s event. Actor Neil Patrick Harris served hosted last year, drawing the show’s lowest ratings in six years.

Other recent hosts have included Jon Stewart (2006 and 2008), Ellen DeGeneres (2007 and 2014), Hugh Jackman (2009), Billy Crystal (2012), Seth MacFarlane (2013), and the pairings of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin (2010) and James Franco and Anne Hathaway (2011).
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