Barbra Streisand Will Perform At This Year's Oscars

By Katey Rich 2013-01-30 08:43:16discussion comments
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It still seems safe to assume that Adele will completely dominate the Oscars broadcast with her first-ever live performance of "Skyfall," but now she's actually got some competition for that spotlight. The Academy has announced that Barbra Streisand will also be performing, taking the Oscars stage for the first time since 1977, when she performed and won Best Original Song for the love theme from A Star Is Born.

They're not revealing what song Streisand will sing, so it's unlikely she's stepping in for someone else's nominated song-- though it is weird that we haven't gotten confirmation that Scarlett Johansson will step up to perform the nominated "Before My Time" from Chasing Ice. Instead I'd pick Streisand to sing over the the In Memoriam sequence, or one of the many montages that the Oscars are famous/dreaded for. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are only revealing that "she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year's Oscars." Any time Streisand takes the stage in front of a Hollywood crowd that adores her pretty much guarantees it will be special, and now we get to take particular glee in the stand-off between her and Adele. Who will be the bigger diva? Who will throw the mightiest death glares? It's all so exciting!

If you need a reminder of what it's like to see Streisand perform at the Oscars, here's a clip of her 1977 performance of "Evergreen" (fast-forward about a minute and a half to get there).


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