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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.

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.