Will Lady Gaga Perform at the Oscars?
Lady Gaga Will Reportedly Perform at the 2023 Oscars After All
Surprise! Lady Gaga is reportedly set to perform at the Oscars after all. On March 12, Variety reported that several sources have confirmed the "Hold My Hand" singer will perform her Oscar-nominated song from "Top Gun: Maverick" at the ceremony.
The news comes just a few days after Oscars executive producer and showrunner Glenn Weiss announced that the singer would not be blessing the stage with her vocals. On March 8, Weiss told Variety, "We have a great relationship with Lady Gaga and her camp. She is in the middle of shooting a movie right now. Here, we are honoring the movie industry and what it takes to make a movie after a bunch of back and forth . . . It didn't feel like she can get a performance to the caliber that we're used to with her and that she is used to. So, she is not going to perform on the show."
The movie Gaga is currently filming is the highly anticipated "Joker" sequel, "Joker: Folie à Deux." It's still unclear what character the four-time Oscar-nominated star plays in the film installment, but it seems she was able to squeeze in an Oscar performance despite her commitment to the movie. The last time she performed at the show was in 2019, when she sang her Oscar-winning song, "Shallow," from "A Star Is Born."
Per Variety, Lady Gaga's decision to perform at the Oscars was last minute. Her inclusion now means all five best song nominees will perform, setting the Oscars up for some major musical moments. In addition to the "Shallow" singer, Rihanna is set to deliver a stunning performance of her "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" track "Lift Me Up"; "Everything Everywhere All at Once"'s Stephanie Hsu will hit the stage with David Byrne and Son Lux to perform "This Is a Life"; Sofia Carson and Diane Warren will perform a rendition of "Applause" from "Tell It Like a Woman"; and "RRR"'s "Naatu Naatu" will also be performed by Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava.
The 2023 Oscars airs on ABC on March 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.