Sunday, May 26, 2024

Oscars: Van Morrison Song Won’t Be Performed, But Beyonce, Billie, Reba, and “Encanto” Are All Set


Here’s an update from the Academy on the musical performers this Sunday night.

Since Van Morrison won’t come and sing his song from “Belfast,” no one will sing it. So there. Frankly, the music branch should have nominated Jennifer Hudson’s song from “Respect.” She would have sung it like crazy and given the audience a really great night. Van Morrison is nuts. He’s unpleasant and unwilling to play with others.  He has a show in the UK tomorrow (the 23rd) and one in Spain (on the 29th). He could have flown back and forth if he wanted to. My guess is there are issues about him not being vaccinated, as well as no distemper shot.

On the good news front, we’ll hear from Beyonce, Billie Eilish, Reba McEntire, and Sebastian Yatra from “Encanto” in a medley that includes the not nominated “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” They’re going to be smashes, all of them. And who knows what other surprises await us musically?

Sheila E. is the featured drummer in the Oscar band this year, playing with the show’s music director Adam Blackstone, blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, percussionist and singer, and genre-spanning pianist Robert Glasper. We will not be bored.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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