The producers of the Academy Awards have revealed that this year’s Oscar telecast will not feature performances by the Best Original Song nominees. Instead, the five tracks nominated will be shown during montages of the films they appear in, New York Magazine reports. The move marks the second consecutive year producers have toyed with how the Best Song nominees are featured during the ceremony: Last year, the Academy streamlined all the nominated tracks into one medley, a move that caused Peter Gabriel to boycott the performance because he didn’t want to present a truncated version of his song “Down to Earth.”
As Rolling Stone previously reported, this year’s Best Song nominees are a pair of Randy Newman tunes from The Princess and the Frog, Nine‘s “Take It All,” “Loin de Paname” from the foreign film Paris 36 and T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham’s “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart, which won the Golden Globe in the same category and is Peter Travers’ favorite to win the Oscar in his Academy Award preview in our new issue.
The Oscars have provided some very memorable moments for rockers in the past. Check out Elliott Smith’s “Miss Misery” from 1997, Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia” from 1994 and Björk’s “I’ve Seen It All” from 2001: