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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19. Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, 'Endless Love' (1982)

Question: What do you get when you pair the smooth-as-silk singer from the Commodores with the diva di tutti divas of the Supremes? Answer: A duo who can successfully sell what may be the single schmaltziest song of the Eighties. Descending from dual staircases, Lionel and Diana stare soulfully into each others' eyes and coo about how no one else will do; by the time they're trading lung-bursting declarations, their faces mere inches away, the heat on stage is palpable. Judging from this performance, you'd think the tune was called Endless Lust. DF

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