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Recap: Here are the 2018 Oscar Performances

With almost 100 percent of the films released, complements the presentation of the art. The Oscars celebrated some of the films with performances by stars.

Here are the performances from the 90th Oscars. Listed alphabetically by artist first name:

Common & Andra Day – “Stand Up for Something”

Using their platform to spotlight those in the field doing work as activists, Common and Andra Day performed “Stand Up for Something” from Marshall. As reported by Variety, each activist was personally contacted by Common and Day. Variety writes the activists included were:

Alice Brown Otter (Standing Rock Youth Council); Bana Alabed (author and Syrian refugee); Bryan Stevenson (Equal Justice Initiative); Cecile Richards (Planned Parenthood Action Fund); Dolores Huerta (Dolores Huerta Foundation, United Farm Workers of America); Janet Mock (#GirlsLikeUs), José Andrés (ThinkFoodGroup); Nicole Hockley (Sandy Hook Promise); Patrisse Cullors (Black Lives Matter); and Tarana Burke (Me Too).

Keala Settle – “This is Me”

With the eyes of hundreds to millions of people watching both at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and on television, Keala Settle took the stage to perform her number from The Greatest Showman. The powerful performance moved the Settle almost to tears by the end. With many other well-known stars, for lack of better word, in The Greatest Showman, it was interesting to see why Settle had the nod to perform. Her performance shut down all questions surrounding the decision as her performance was one of the, if not, the top performance.

Mary J. Blige – “Mighty River”

After already pulling in two nominations for Best Supporting Actress, as Florence Jackson, and Best Original Song for her role in the 2017 film MudboundMary J. Blige was given the opportunity to perform her song “Mighty River” on stage at the Oscars.

Miguel, Natalia LaFourcade & Gael García Bernal  – “Remember Me”

The Oscars were filled with captivating performances from artists across all genres of music. Using the song “Remember Me,” from the Best Animated Feature-winner CocoMiguel, Natalia LaFourcade and Gael García Bernal took the stage. The performance was fitting for Miguel as he has Mexican roots through his father. The song included English and Spanish stripped versions of the songs. The stage was dressed with Mexican Dia de los Muertos — Day of the Dead — sugar skulls and dancers in traditional dresses.

Sufjan Stevens – “Mystery of Love”

Singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens took the stage at the Oscars and performed a rendition of his song “Mystery of Love” from the film Call Me By Your Name. Both his performance and his pink-striped-dragon suit jacket had social media buzzing. His performance was joined by musicians St. Vincent, Moses Sumney, Chris Thile, Casey Foubert and James McAlister.

Hensley Carrasco
Hensley graduated from the University of Rhode Island where he was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, the Good 5 Cent Cigar. He founded the site with hopes to add to the ever-growing digital music newsroom. Hensley generally writes about Hip-Hop, but other genres are not out of his writing spectrum. On the side, Hensley is a photographer, specializing in concert photography.

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