Kendrick Lamar and SZA won’t perform at the 2019 Oscars

The duo's track 'All The Stars' has been nominated for Best Original Song

Kendrick Lamar and SZA have decided not to perform their Oscar-nominated song ‘All The Stars’ at this Sunday’s Academy Awards.

The Black Panther-featuring track is one of five songs up for consideration in the Best Original Song category, with the likes of Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson also being nominated.

Traditionally, the five nominees in the category are invited to perform their nominated track live during the Oscars ceremony, but Lamar and SZA will be the only artists not to perform their composition during Sunday’s main event (February 24).


Variety reports that the reason given for the no-show is “logistics and timing”. ‘All The Stars’, which was also nominated for four awards at this year’s Grammys, will not be performed by another act.

Lamar was also reportedly one of the acts to turn down the chance to perform at the Grammys earlier this month.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Queen and Adam Lambert will perform during the 2019 Oscars. The group will play in light of the success of the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which is up for five awards.

SZA, meanwhile, recently covered Sixpence None The Richer’s song ‘Kiss Me’ during a festival slot in Florida. “That song just makes me happy as fuck, and I really wish it was ’98 right now,” the artist told the audience after performing the cover.


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