Elton John, Randy Newman and Cynthia Erivo will perform their Best Original Song-nominated tracks at this year’s Oscars, the Academy announced on Thursday, 23 January.
Idina Menzel with Aurora and Chrissy Metz are also booked for the 2020 Academy Awards, airing live on 9 February.
John will deliver his and Bernie Taupin’s ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’ from Rocketman at the Oscars, while Newman — who is also nominated for Best Original Score for his Marriage Story work — will perform his Toy Story 4 tune ‘I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away.’
Also nominated for Best Original Song are Cynthia Erivo’s ‘Stand Up’ from Harriet, Menzel’s ‘Into the Unknown’ from Frozen II and Metz’s Diane Warren-penned ‘I’m Standing With You’ from Breakthrough.
Additionally, show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain revealed that Questlove would make a “special appearance” during the awards ceremony and that Eímear Noone would become the first-ever female conductor during an Oscars guest-segment.
“We’re excited to have an incredible group of nominees and performers who will deliver one-of-a-kind music moments you will only see on the Oscars,” Howell Taylor and Allain said in a statement. The producers added they will announce additional talent in the coming weeks.
This year, the 2020 Oscars nominations were announced via a global live stream, ahead of the winners ceremony on 9 February. The anti-hero smash Joker leads all nominees with 11 nods, followed by Martin Scorsese’s all-star Netflix drama The Irishman and Sam Mendes’ war drama 1917, both with 10. After receiving high praise and racking up $100 million in international box office, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women landed six nods, though Gerwig was not among the best director nominees for the 2020 Oscars, which were once again dominated by all men.
Mahershala Ali, Olivia Colman, Regina King and Rami Malek will present at Oscars 2020. All four will return to the Oscars stage after winning last year in their respective acting categories.