20 Greatest Best Song Oscar Performances

From Springsteen to Southern hip-hop and hot-buttered soul, Oscars' grandest, grooviest musical showstoppers

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9. Three 6 Mafia and Taraji P. Henson, 'Hard Out Here for a Pimp' (2006)

There are the traditional, understated renditions of Best Song nominees — and then there was the raucous live performance that Southern rappers Three 6 Mafia provided for their Hustle & Flow breakout hit. Future Empire MVP Taraji P. Henson sang the chorus, including the modified line "a whole lot of 'witches' talkin' shit"; a slew of extras dancing in a fake living-room set; and enough strobe lights to cause coast-to-coast grand mal seizures. The song was an infectious trap-music highlight of the evening; even Queen Latifah gave her own brief rendition at the podium when she presented the group with the Best Song award. JP

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