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A Brief History of Music At Hollywood’s Big Night

Oscar Rewind: A Mighty Wind - 2004

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Diana Ross sings the Oscar-nominated song "I Just Called to Say I Love You" (written by Stevie Wonder) during the Academy Awards ceremony in 1985.

OSCARS REWIND: 1985 Stevie

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1985

Stevie Wonder poses with his Oscar statuette backstage at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 25, 1985. Wonder won the Best Original Song award for "I Just Called to Say I Love You" (from The Woman in Red).

OSCARS REWIND: 1991: MADONNA

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1991

Madonna performs "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)" from the film Dick Tracy during the 1991 Academy Awards show. The Material Girl took home the Oscar for Best Original Song later that night.

OSCARS REWIND: 1994: Springsteen

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1994

Bruce Springsteen holds his Oscar presented to him by Whitney Houston at the 1994 Academy Awards. Springsteen won the prize for Best Original Song for "Streets of Philadelphia" from the movie Philadelphia.

Oscar Rewind: Bruce Springsteen - 1996

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1996

Bruce Springsteen performs during the Academy Awards in 1996. Springsteen was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song for "Dead Man Walking" (from the film of the same name), but lost the prize to Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz's "Colors of the Wind" (from Pocahontas).

Oscar Rewind: Madonna - 1997

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1997

Madonna performs "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" from the Oscar-nominated movie Evita during the Academy Awards in 1997. The film took home the prize for Best Original Song.

OSCARS REWIND: 1998: Elliott Smith

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1998

At the 1998 Academy Awards, Elliott Smith performs his song "Miss Misery," his Oscar-nominated tune from the film Good Will Hunting. Smith lost the prize to "My Heart Will Go On," from Titanic.

Oscar Rewind: Steven Tyler - 1999

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1999

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler belts out the Diane Warren-penned "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" at the 1999 Academy Awards. The track, from Armadeggon, was nominated for Best Original Song.

Oscar Rewind: Celien Dion and Husband - 1999

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1999

Celine Dion and husband Rene Angelil arrive at the Academy Awards in 1999.

Oscar Rewind: Mariah and Whitney - 1999

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1999

Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston perform the song "When You Believe" at the 1999 Academy Awards.

Oscar Rewind: Ray Charles, Garth Brooks, Burt, Dionne, Faith, Isaac, Latifah - 2000

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2000

Ray Charles, Garth Brooks, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Faith Hill, Isaac Hayes and Queen Latifah perform a medley of past Best Original Song winners at the Academy Awards ceremony in 2000.

Oscar Rewind: Phil Collins - 2000

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2000

Phil Collins performs his Oscar-winning song "You'll Be In My Heart" at the Academy Awards in 2000.

Oscar Rewind: Robin Williams - 2000

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2000

In one of Oscar's more surreal moments, Robin Williams performs the song "Blame Canada" (from South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut during the 2000 Academy Awards. The track was nominated for Best Original Song but lost to Phil Collins' "You'll Be In My Heart" (from Tarzan.)

Oscar Rewind: Bjork - 2001

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2001

Bjork wore her notorious "swan dress" at the 2001 Academy Awards, where her song "I've Seen It All" was nominated for Best Original Song.

Oscar Rewind: Randy Newman and Susanna Hoffs - 2001

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2001

Randy Newman and Susanna Hoffs perform the Oscar-nominated song "A Fool In Love" (from Meet the Parents) at the Academy Awards in 2001.

Oscar Rewind: Randy Newman and John Goodman 2002

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2002

Randy Newman performs "If I Didn't Have You" with actor John Goodman at the Oscar ceremony in 2002. The track, from Monsters, Inc., won Best Original Song and was Newman's first Oscar after having been nominated sixteen times.

Oscar Rewind: Enya - 2002

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2002

Enya performs Best Original Song nominee "May It Be" (from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) at the Academy Awards in 2002.

Oscar Rewind: Cast of Chicago - 2003

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2003

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah perform music from the musical Chicago (which won Best Motion Picture) during the Academy Awards in 2003.

Oscar Rewind: Annie Lennox - 2004

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2004

Annie Lennox belts out the Oscar-winning "Into the West" (from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) at the 2004 Academy Awards.

Oscar Rewind: A Mighty Wind - 2004

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2004

Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara perform the Oscar-nominated "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" at the Academy Awards in 2004. The song (from the mockumentary A Mighty Wind) lost out to "Into the West," from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Oscar Rewind: Elvis Costello and Allison Krauss - 2004

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2004

Allison Krauss and Elvis Costello perform the Oscar-nominated song "The Scarlet Tide" (from Cold Mountain) at the Academy Awards in 2004.

Oscar Rewind: Adam Duritz - 2005

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2005

The Counting Crows' Adam Duritz performs "Accidentally in Love" from Shrek 2 at the 2005 Academy Awards. The song lost to " Al Otro Lado Del Rio" from The Motorcycle Diaries.

Oscar Rewind: Beyonce and Josh Groban - 2005

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2005

Beyonce and Josh Groban perform "Believe" from The Polar Express at the 2005 Academy Awards. "Believe" lost to The Motorcycle Diaries' "Al Otro Lado Del Rio" for best original song.

Oscar Rewind: Carlos Santana and Antonio - 2005

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2005

Carlos Santana and Antonio Banderas perform Best Original Song "Al Otro Lado Del Rio" from The Motorcycle Diaries at the 2005 Academy Awards.

Oscar Rewind: Jorge Drexler and Prince - 2005

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2005

Prince congratulates Uruguyan composer Jorge Drexler for winning the Oscar for Best Original Song for "Al Otro Lado Del Rio" from The Motorcycle Diaries Academy Awards in 2005.

Oscar Rewind: Bird York - 2006

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2006

Bird York performs Best Song Nominee "In The Deep" from Crash at the 2006 Academy Awards. The song lost to Three 6 Mafia's "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from Hustle & Flow.

Oscar Rewind: Dolly Parton - 2006

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2006

Dolly Parton performs her song "Travelin' Thru" from Transamerica during the 2006 Academy Awards. Parton lost the Best Original Song category to Three 6 Mafia's "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from Hustle & Flow.

Oscar Rewind: Three 6 Mafia - 2006

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2006

Three 6 Mafia and actress Taraji P. Henson perform "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from Hustle & Flow at the 2006 Academy Awards. The track was named Best Original Song.

Oscar Rewind: Itzhak Perlman - 2006

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2006

Violinist Itzhak Perlman performs at the 2006 Academy Awards before a scene from Brokeback Mountain.

Oscar Rewind: Melissa Etheridge - 2007

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2007

Melissa Etheridge performs "I Need to Wake Up" from An Inconvenient Truth during the 2007 Academy Awards. The track was named Best Original Song.

Oscar Rewind: Dreamgirls - 2007

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2007

Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce Knowles and Anika Noni Rose perform nominated song "Patience" from Dreamgirls during the 79th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 25, 2007 in Hollywood, California.

Oscar Rewind: James Taylor - 2007

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2007

James Taylor performs "Our Town," a Best Song nominee from Cars with music and lyrics written by Randy Newman, during the 2007 Academy Awards. The song lost to Melissa' Etheridge's "I Need to Wake Up" from An Inconvenient Truth.

Oscar Rewind: Celine Dion Performance - 2007

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2007

Celine Dion performs world premiere of "I Knew I Loved You" in tribute to Honorary Academy Award recipient Ennio Morricone at the 2007 Academy Awards.

OSCAR REWIND: Once Winne 2008

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2008

Winner for Best Original Song Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova accept the trophy for "Falling Slowly" from the film Once during the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2008.

OSCAR REWIND: Once Winne 2008 2

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2008

Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard perform their song from "Once" during the 80th Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Hollywood, California.

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2009

A.R. Rahman performs his Oscar winning song from <em>Slumdog Millionaire</em> with John Legend at the 2009 Academy Awards in Hollywood, February 22, 2009.

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2010

T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham accept the Oscar for best song for their song 'the Weary Kind' featured in the film <em>Crazy Heart</em> at the 2010 Oscar Awards in Hollywood, March 7, 2010.

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