Producers of the upcoming Oscars in Feb. 22, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, asked McGraw if he would perform at the show. But why? McGraw is not nominated. No, he is not but fellow country music superstar, Glen Campbell is and he cannot perform, due to illness. That illness is Alzheimer’s disease.
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” was written by Campbell and Julian Raymond. It is featured in the documentary film, “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.” It is nominated for Best Original Song. “We couldn’t think of anyone better than Tim McGraw to properly celebrate Oscar nominee, Glen Campbell. Tim is the consummate country artist and will bring a bit of Nashville to the Oscars stage,” says Zadan and Meron, in a release.
McGraw Tweeted about this today as well: Hello @theacademy calling…Would you sing I’m not gonna miss you for Glen Campbell on #theOscars? …Hell yeah. I love @GlenCampbell! The official release quote was a little different: “I’m honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry,” said McGraw.
Earlier this week and reported here in Digital Journal, it was noted that Common and John Legend will be performing “Glory” from “Selma.” Plus, Adam Levine will be performing “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.” See here.
Rita Ora will perform “Grateful,” which was written by Diane Warren for the film “Beyond the Lights.” That leaves one song, “Everything is Awesome” from “The LEGO Movie.”
In one other music note, here is what host Neil Patrick Harris will perform: “On the heels of the international success of last year’s ‘Frozen’ and their Oscar for ‘Let It Go,’ we couldn’t be happier to have Kristen and Bobby Lopez write an incredibly special song for Neil Patrick Harris and special guests to perform this year on the Oscar stage,” said Zadan and Meron.
The key to that quote may be “special guests.” Stay tuned.