Unfortunately, Lady Gaga won’t perform at ABC’s Sunday night Oscars telecast. Rihanna will, however, be making an appearance.
Lady Gaga Now shared a tweet: “Variety confirmed that Lady Gaga will NOT perform at the Oscars this year.”
Variety confirmed that Lady Gaga will NOT perform at the Oscars this year. pic.twitter.com/BJ4jHNRHjM
— Lady Gaga Now 🃏 (@ladygaganownet) March 8, 2023
Glenn Weiss, the executive producer and showrunner of the Oscars, informed reporters on Wednesday that Lady Gaga would not be singing “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick,” which was nominated for best original song.
Lady Gaga shared an Instagram post: “I am so honored to be nominated for 2 Grammys for “Hold My Hand” and the Top Gun: Maverick Soundtrack with my fellow composers.”
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CNN International Tweeted on Twitter: “Her song “Hold My Hand” is up for best original song, but Lady Gaga isn’t singing at the Oscars”
Her song "Hold My Hand" is up for best original song, but Lady Gaga isn't singing at the Oscars pic.twitter.com/LbJVYQmMK5
— CNN International (@cnni) March 10, 2023
“I would love to say, ‘No I can’t confirm,’ but y’know what? I’m gonna tell ya,” Weiss told reporters.
“So here’s where we are: We actually invited all five nominees — we have great relationships with Lady Gaga and her camp — [but] she is 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.”
Due to her busy schedule filming “Joker: Folie à Deux,” which also stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Brendan Gleeson, and Catherine Keener and is scheduled for release in October 2024, some had speculated that Lady Gaga wouldn’t be able to perform.
“After a bunch of back and forth, it didn’t feel like she can get a performance to the caliber that we’re used to with her, that she’s used to,” Weiss explained Wednesday. “So she is not going to perform on the show.”
“However, this is all from our point of view of somebody making a movie and us completely understanding that that’s what’s a priority in this business,” he added. “Especially when we’re honoring movies.”
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