The Oscars want the Best Song nominees to perform for just 90 seconds

Jennifer Hudson is the only artist confirmed to appear so far.

February 01, 2019
The Oscars want the Best Song nominees to perform for just 90 seconds Still from A Star Is Born.   Warner Bros Pictures

The Best Song category at this year's Oscars is a pretty interesting race with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born monster hit "Shallow" going up against Kendrick Lamar and SZA's "All The Stars" (from Black Panther). They are the front runners ahead of songs from Mary Poppins Returns, RBG, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs.

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However, it was reported last week that ABC were looking to have just two live performances on the night as they look at ways to cut down the mammoth broadcast. That plan appears to have been nixed, however, with Variety reporting that all five nominated acts have been invited to perform live. A problem remains though; they'll each get just 90 seconds on stage.


On Thursday the Academy tweeted that Jennifer Hudson will sing her RBG song "I'll Fight" and that “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns will be performed by a “surprise special guest.” At the time of writing it is unclear if Gaga and Cooper or Kendrick and SZA will agree to the truncated stage slot.

The FADER has reached out for further details. Check out all of the 2019 Oscar nominees here.

The Oscars want the Best Song nominees to perform for just 90 seconds