Sources: Latin Post – By Anny Jules | All Things Michael
Sunday, Feb. 22, marks the 87th annual Academy awards. The best in the movie industry will be honored, but the musical performances will be one of the best parts of the show.
As the countdown begins for Hollywood’s biggest night, let’s take a look back at some of the best musical performances by artists involved in the soundtracks for some of the biggest films. In no particular order, here are the five best performances in Oscar history.
Michael Jackson won the heart of the Academy long before he was recognized as the King of Pop. At the tender age of 14, Jackson performed “Ben” at the 1973 Academy Awards, and the song later went on to top the music charts and became the first hit in Jackson’s solo career, according to Billboard.
Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce
Powerhouse vocalists Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce delivered an electrifying duet at the 2007 Academy Awards, performing songs from their critically acclaimed film, “Dreamgirls.” Beyonce and Hudson performed “Love You I Do,” ‘Listen” and “Patience.” And while none of those songs won an Academy award that night, Hudson did take home the award for Best Supporting actress in “Dreamgirls,” Billboard reports.
Adele had the Oscars audience on the edge of their seats as she performed “Skyfall,” a powerful ballad from the James Bond film. Adele’s performance also included the help of a full choir and band performing with her. She landed the Oscar for best original song.
Bruce Springsteen delivered a heartfelt performance of his theme song, “Streets of Philadelphia,” for Jonathan Demme’s AIDS drama, “Philadelphia.” Though Springsteen’s performance was simplistic, his vocals touched the the crowd and brought down the house, according to Indiewire.
Three 6 Mafia and Taraji P. Henson
Three 6 Mafia and Taraji P. Henson’s “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp” performance was undeniably unconventional for the Academy awards. However, the up-beat hip-hop song certainly added humor and flare to the often serious award show. This duet performance brought a shining light to hip hop at the Academy awards and later went on to win Best Original song.
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