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Musical Performances at the Oscars Are Back: More Paltrow For Everyone!


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For the first time since 2008, this year's Academy Awards ceremony will include full performances of the nominees in the Best Song category, giving viewers watching at home and the famous folk in the audience four opportunities to run to the bathroom during the unending award ceremony (kidding!). Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Menken with Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore, A.R. Rahman with Florence and the Machine (subbing for the nominated Dido) and the infinitely nominated Randy Newman will all perform their respective nominated songs at the Oscars, airing live from Los Angeles' Kodak Theater on February 27th. That means Paltrow will join the elite club of artists who have sang at the Oscars and Grammys in the same year (she'll duet with Cee Lo during music's big night on February 13th).

Musical performances began vanishing from the Oscars after the 2008 Academy Awards, when producers decided to cut the show's long runtime by packing the songs into one segment comprised of truncated renditions of all the nominated tracks. After the 2009 Oscars still ran long, they decided to do away with the performances completely, so 2010's winner Ryan Bingham didn't get to perform "The Weary Kind" in front of millions. Perhaps viewers rained hate mail on the producers for cutting the music (and keeping the interpretative dance number), or producers just missed hearing Randy Newman's voice -- but either way, performances are back this year, and The Amp will be watching.

Enjoy some of the best Oscar performances:

Elliott Smith - "Miss Misery" - 70th Academy Awards


Bruce Springsteen - "Streets of Philadelphia" - 66th Academy Awards


Björk - "I've Seen It All" - 73rd Academy Awards


Madonna - "Sooner Or Later" - 63rd Academy Awards

[Photo: Bryan Bedder/]

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