Some of music's best recreated the memorable songs from 2017's movies at the Oscars tonight
The Oscars doesn’t just celebrate movies, but the music that soundtracks them too. The nominees for Best Original Song all took to the stage at LA’s Dolby Theatre to perform at tonight’s ceremony, from Mary J. Blige to Miguel. Watch all those performances below, plus an extra appearance by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder.
Mary J. Blige – ‘Mighty River’
Mary J. Blige doesn’t need to prove she’s one of music’s greats anymore, but her Oscars performance certainly reinforced that. Just try watching the moment where the music dies down and her voice is left to shine on its own without getting chills.
Gael García Bernal, Miguel and Natalia LaFourcade – ‘Remember Me’
On the opposite end of the spectrum was Miguel’s performance. Joined by Gael García Bernal and Natalia LaFourcade, the trio brought pure joy to the Dolby Theatre as they recreated the magic of ‘Remember Me’ from Coco. After Bernal kicked things off with a tender acoustic intro, Miguel and LaFourcade picked up the baton surrounded by dancers in sombreros, flashing Day Of The Dead skulls, and a finale of pyrotechnics and a ton of confetti.
Sufjan Stevens – ‘Mystery Of Love’
Sufjan basically created an indie supergroup for his performance of one of his Call Me By Your Name contributions. Joined by St. Vincent, Moses Sumney, and Punch Brothers’ Chris Thile – as well as regular collaborators Casey Foubert and James McAlister – his rendition of ‘Mystery Of Love’ was totally gorgeous.
Common and Andra Day – ‘Stand Up For Something’
Before Andra Day delivered some of the most powerful vocals of the night, Common gave an intro that referenced the NRA and supported Parkland students, Haiti, Africa, and Puerto Rico. Joined by 10 activists dressed in black and standing solemn and strong, the duo’s performance of their contribution to the Marshall soundtrack was flawless. They ended it with the rapper encouraging the stars in the room to “stand up for what you believe in” – fitting considering the film their song is taken from is about the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Marshall Thurgood.
Keala Settle – ‘This Is Me’
The performance of the standout track from The Greatest Showman was probably the biggest of the night – both in terms of the amount of people on stage, and the size of Keala Settle’s huge voice. It was also one of the most emotional for the performer, with the singer appearing to start crying at one point. Who can blame her?
Eddie Vedder – ‘Room At The Top’
The Pearl Jam leader wasn’t at the ceremony to advocate for one of the Best Original Song nominees, but to soundtrack the In Memoriam segment. For it, he covered Tom Petty’s ‘Room At The Top’ – a tribute to the lost stars shown on the screen behind him, and to the song’s creator himself.