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Mary J. Blige, Common, Sufjan Stevens to perform at Oscars

Mary J. Blige, Miguel & Andra Day to perform at Oscar ceremony Mary J. Blige, Common, Sufjan Stevens to perform at Oscars
Diane Mills | 24 February, 2018, 11:44

The nominees for Best Original Song should always perform because it's a nice way to break up the evening and add a little theatricality into a night that can be fairly staid and the biggest thing that happens is the host passing out food to the biggest celebrities. Yes, the most buzzed-about awards go to actors, directors, and producers, but music continues to play a larger part each year. After being nominated, Stevens told Vanity Fair, "I have a dirty little secret: I've never watched the Oscars".

Common wrote his Oscar-nominated song Stand Up For Something in response to President Donald Trump's inauguration. "Blige" class="local_link" >Mary J Blige, Andra Day, and Natalia LaFourcade will perform this year's nominated songs at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today.

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Blige will perform Mighty River. "This is the thing we dream about you know", she said of her Oscars nomination and performance while at the Santa Barbara Film Festival earlier this month. He co-wrote the lyrics. It was penned by EGOT champ Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez and will be sung by Gael García Bernal, Grammy nominee Natalia LaFourcade and Grammy victor Miguel.

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Keala Settle will round out the category and the live performers, delivering "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman.

The 2018 Oscars will air on ABC on Sunday, March 4, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

There's not a strong history of indie rockers performing at the Oscars, simply because they aren't often nominated for Best Original Song.

Rounding out the line-up is Sufjan Stevens who will croon the tune "Mystery of Love" that he composed for "Call Me by Your Name".

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