Adele To Perform Skyfall At This Year's Academy Awards

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-01-23 11:39:46discussion comments
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Last year's Oscars ceremony was terribly dull. Not only was Billy Crystal a less-than-thrilling choice to host the event, the Academy failed to capitalize on the opportunity given to them by the fact that a song sung by Muppets was nominated for (and ended up winning) Best Original Song. Instead the only on-stage number was a completely forgettable performance by Cirque du Soleil celebrating the year in movies. Luckily, the ceremony won't be dropping the ball again this year.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially announced that Adele will be featured on stage singing her theme from the last James Bond film, Skyfall, at the 85th Annual Academy Awards. The performance will be the first time that Adele has performed the song live and the Bond theme is the first to be nominated for an Oscar since 1981's "For Your Eyes Only" and was the only one to ever place in Billboard's Top 10 when it was first released.

Said the singer/songwriter in a statement, "It's an honour to be nominated and terrifyingly wonderful to be singing in front of people who have captured my imagination over and over again. It's something I've never experienced and probably only ever will once!"

What's interesting about the announcement is that it doesn't mention any of the other nominees up for Best Original Song at this year's ceremony, a list that includes Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer ("Suddenly," Les Miserables); Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayshree ("Pi's Lullaby," Life of Pi); Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane (“Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” Ted); and J. Ralph (“Before My Time,” Chasing Ice). Whether or not those songs will also be performed is currently unknown.
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