Every year, the Academy Awards pay homage to cinematic legends who’ve passed away since the last broadcast, and Lenny Kravitz was chosen to perform the In Memoriam musical accompaniment at the 2023 Oscars.
Prior to his Sunday (3.12) appearance at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood, John Travolta preempted the iconic rocker by saying “In this industry we have a rare luxury of getting to do what we love for a living and sometimes getting to do it with people that we come to love.” “It’s only fitting that we celebrate those we lost.”
Of those departed talents, Travolta said, “They’ve touched our hearts, made us smile and became dear friends who we will always remain hopelessly devoted to.” As he delivered that last line, a reference to his Grease co-star Olivia Newton-John’s song “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” he got noticeably choked up, pushing back tears. Newton-John, who topped the Billboard Hot 100 five times, died last August at the age of 73. Travolta and Newton-John remained lifelong friends after starring in the smash 1978 film Grease, which launched both of their careers into the stratosphere.
Kravitz performed an elegant, heartfelt rendition of “Calling All Angels” from his 2004 album Baptism.