Los Angeles: The upcoming 94th Academy Awards have announced the musical performers for this year’s nominees for Best Original Song, which will include Beyonce, Billie Eilish, Finneas, Reba McEntire and Sebastian Yatra.
Four of the five songs will be performed, while nominee Van Morrison, who wrote and sang “Down to Joy” from “Belfast”, has been invited but will not attend the ceremony due to his touring schedule. As a result, the song will not be performed on the show, ‘Variety’ reports.
Final voting for the 94th Academy Awards is over and the race for original songs is one of the most competitive of the evening.
Songs nominated and songwriters credited this year are: ‘Be Alive’ by ‘King Richard’, ‘Dos Origuitas’ by ‘Encanto’, ‘Down to Joy’ by ‘Belfast’, ‘No Time to Die’ by ‘ No Time to Die’ and ‘Somehow You Do’ from ‘Four Good Days’.
“No Time to Die” has already won numerous accolades this season, including Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards and last year’s Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song Written for Visual Media.
If Eilish, 20, won, she would be the youngest winner in the category’s history, surpassing last year’s winner HER, who was 23 at the time. The category could also make Lin-Manuel Miranda the latest EGOT recipient, as Diane Warren finally seeks to win a long-awaited statuette after 13 nominations.
‘Variety’ exclusively reported that Beyonce’s camp is in extensive talks with producers to mount a satellite performance of her nominated song, ‘Be Alive’ – one that could possibly open the show and stream live from the courts tennis courts in Compton, California.
This is where sports legends Venus and Serena Williams exercised tirelessly in their youth under the watchful eye of their father, Richard. However, the Academy’s announcement did not specify where the performances would take place.