During Wednesday’s press conference, Oscars’ producer Glenn Weiss confirmed that Lady Gaga will not perform ‘Hold My Hand’ from Top Gun: Maverick at the ceremony.
Explaining that while the superstar will attend as a nominee, the musician didn’t have enough time to prepare a musical number while she’s shooting Joker: Folie à Deux.
“We have great relationships with Lady Gaga (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) and her camp (but) she’s in the middle of shooting a movie right now, and here we are honoring the movie industry and what it takes to make a movie,” Weiss said. “After a bunch of back and forth, it didn’t feel like she can get a performance to the calibre that we’re used to with her, that she’s used to and all that stuff.” “So she is not going to perform on the show, however, this is all, from our point of view, about someone making a movie and us completely understanding that that’s what is priority in this business, especially when we are honoring movies.”
Gaga performed at 2019 Oscars, where she sang ‘Shallow’ from A Star Is Born with her co-star Bradley Cooper and also took home the Best Original Song Academy Award.
Notwithstanding Lady Gaga, Rihanna will sing ‘Lift Me Up’ from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever; Sofia Carson and Diane Warren will give a rendition of ‘Applause’ from Tell It Like a Woman; David Byrne, Stephanie Hsu and Son Lux will perform ‘This Is a Life’ from Everything Everywhere All At Once, and Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava will entertain the star-studded audience with ‘Naatu Naatu’ from RRR.
The 95th Oscars will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday (3.12.)