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article imageBette Midler to perform at the Oscars

By Tim O'Brien     Feb 19, 2014 in Entertainment
Beverly Hills - With the announcement that Bette Midler would be performing at the Oscars® on March 2, what she will be singing will be the next phase.
Since all performers for the nominated songs have already been announced, what Midler will be performing has got to make people wonder. Will it be for the In Memoriam, or something else?
That segment is always well-received and a popular part of the annual broadcast. Show producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan made the announcement today (Feb. 19). "We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron. “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”
Earlier it was noted that the nominated songs will be performed. They are “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2” by Pharrell Williams; “Let It Go” from “Frozen” will be performed by Idina Menzel; “The Moon Song” from “Her” by Karen O and “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” by U2.
An interesting sidebar to the show itself comes with a first-time event from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
During Oscar Week are many events and one is a concert. It is billed as "Oscar Concert" and it will celebrate this year's nominated scores and songs. It will take place on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. PT at UCLA's Royce Hall.
The concert includes:
William Butler and Owen Pallett, "Her"
Alexandre Desplat, "Philomena"
Thomas Newman, "Saving Mr. Banks"
Steven Price, "Gravity"
John Williams, "The Book Thief"
All of this includes an 80-piece orchestra performing suites from the scores. It will also include the nominated songs but Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez will perform "Let it Go" from "Frozen. " They wrote the music and lyrics. Jill Scott will perform "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2." More will be announced later.
Also being announced in what amounts to a trickle are the show's presenters. Daniel Day-Lewis, Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence have been confirmed. They won last year.
The Oscars are on ABC March 2.
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