Girl Gaga will carry out “Hold My Hand” on the 2023 Oscars on Sunday (March 12) in spite of everything.
Selection first reported the shock reversal. Oscars govt producer and showrunner Glenn Weiss acknowledged that Gaga wouldn’t be performing throughout a press assembly with the Oscars artistic staff on March 8. He implied that the Oscars staff and Gaga had mutually determined to move due to the calls for of her co-starring function within the Joker: Folie à Deux, which is presently capturing.
“We have a great relationship with Lady Gaga and her camp,” he stated on the time. “She is in the middle of shooting a movie right now. Here, we are honoring the movie industry and what it takes to make a movie after a bunch of back and forth… It didn’t feel like she can get a performance to the caliber that we’re used to with her and that she is used to. So, she is not going to perform on the show,” Weiss stated.
With Gaga now on the invoice, all 5 of this yr’s finest unique track nominees will likely be carried out on the present. The opposite performers are Rihanna (“Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Perpetually), Sofia Carson and Diane Warren (“Applause” from Inform It Like a Girl), Stephanie Hsu, David Byrne and Son Lux (“This Is a Life” from The whole lot In all places All at As soon as) and Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava (“Naatu Naatu” from RRR).
This would be the first Oscar telecast in three years to incorporate performances of all 5 nominated songs.
Two years in the past, all 5 songs had been carried out, however on a pre-show. That transfer was seen as disrespectful by many within the music neighborhood. Final yr, Van Morrison declined to carry out “Down to Joy” from Belfast, so solely 4 of the nominated songs had been carried out on the telecast.
This will likely be Gaga’s fourth efficiency on the Oscars. In 2015, she carried out a medley of 4 songs from The Sound of Music to honor that movie on its fiftieth anniversary. In a memorable Oscar second, Julie Andrews got here out on the finish of Gaga’s efficiency and the 2 stars embraced.
In 2016, Gaga sang the nominated track “Til It Happens to You” from The Looking Floor. In 2019, she and Bradley Cooper sang “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, which went on to win the award. The staging of “Shallow” was memorable, with Gaga and Cooper stepping up from their front-row seats to take the stage.
“Hold My Hand,” which Gaga co-wrote with BloodPop, has to this point peaked at No. 49 on the Billboard Scorching 100 (in June). The track could attain a brand new peak following the Oscars. Each of Gaga’s earlier Oscar-nominated songs reached new peaks following the telecast. “Shallow” shot from No. 21 to No. 1 on the Scorching 100 the week following the Oscars. It had beforehand peaked at No. 5. “Til It Happens to You” had did not make the Scorching 100 when it was first launched, however entered the chart at No. 95 following the Oscars.
Probably the most dramatic instance of a televised efficiency reigniting a Gaga track got here after she headlined the Tremendous Bowl halftime present in In February 2017. “Million Reasons” re-entered the Scorching 100 at a brand new peak, No. 4, following her efficiency. The track had beforehand peaked at No. 52.
It was a coup for the Oscars to e book Rihanna and Gaga, two of the most popular singers on the planet, on the identical present. However then, when Oscar calls, even the most important stars normally say sure. Beyoncé opened final yr’s present with a memorable efficiency of “Be Alive” from King Richard. Such different superstars as Adele, U2, Girl Gaga, The Weeknd, Sam Smith, Justin Timberlake, Sting, Elton John and Billie Eilish with Finneas have carried out nominated songs on the Oscars up to now decade.
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the ninety fifth Oscars will likely be held Sunday (March 12) on the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood, and will likely be televised stay on ABC and in additional than 200 territories worldwide.