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Jennifer Hudson to perform on Oscar telecast, as Academy agrees to let all nominated songs shine


Courtesy A.M.P.A.S./ABCFollowing backlash from a report that it was only planning to allow performances of Lady Gaga’s hit “Shallow” and Kendrick Lamar‘s song “All the Stars” on this year’s Oscars telecast, the Motion Picture Academy has now decided to go ahead with performances of all five nominated songs, reports Variety.

Variety reports that as late as last week, the Oscar producers told the nominees who weren’t Lady Gaga or Kendrick Lamar that there simply wasn’t time to perform all the songs. But sources tell Variety that all the nominees talked last week and decided to unite and demand an “all or none” policy.

On Thursday, the Academy tweeted that Jennifer Hudson would perform “I’ll Fight,” the Diane Warren-penned nominated song featured in the documentary RBG, on the telecast. 

It also tweeted that the nominated song “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” from Mary Poppins Returns, would be performed by a “special surprise guest.”  In the movie, it’s sung by Emily Blunt

No word yet on who would sing the fifth Best Original Song nominee, “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” from the movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Variety reports that the songs will be performed in shortened 90-second versions.

Sources tell Variety that so far, it’s not clear where Gaga and Kendrick Lamar have actually accepted offers to perform their songs on the February 24th ABC telecast.

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