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U2 Will Give 'Ordinary Love' Its Live Premiere at the Oscars

Pharrell Williams, Karen O, Idina Menzel will also perform at next month's Academy Awards

Bono of U2 performs in Beverly Hills, California.
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February 13, 2014 9:35 AM ET

U2 will give "Ordinary Love," their song for the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, its live debut at the Oscars in March, according to Deadline. The tune is up for Best Original Song, with the group saying in a statement that the nomination was "beyond our wildest teenage dreams." Last month, U2 won a Golden Globe in the same category for the song, which the band had written to honor their close friend Nelson Mandela.

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The band won't be the only musicians performing at next month's award show. Pharrell Williams will sing "Happy," his contribution to the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, and Idina Menzel, the singer and actress who previously won a Tony for Wicked, will sing "Let It Go," her tune from the animated feature Frozen, according to CBS NewsYeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O will also perform "The Moon Song," her collaboration with director Spike Jonze for his movie Heraccording to Deadline. Last month, the singer told Rolling Stone that her first reaction to the honor was a hearty "Holy smokes!" She has since released a new version of the song with Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, which Rolling Stone premiered.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Sciences had originally nominated five songs in the category, but rescinded "Alone Not Yet Alone," a song from a Christian movie of the same name, after ruling that the composer had improperly attempted to influence voters. The Academy chose not to replace the track with another contender, even though it had originally picked 75 songs as possibilities for the category.

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