The 2014 Academy Awards aired tonight and the musical guest were nothing short of amazing. From upbeat dance numbers, to beautiful and simple serenades, to tributes everyone seemed better than the last.
This year the 2014 Oscars had musical performances. The nominees for “Original Song” got to perform their numbers throughout the show until it was time to air the winner.
Along with the nominees singers P!nk and living legend Bette Midler also made an appearance to pay tribute to some of film’s greatest legends and fallen members.
The singer had a helping hand in this performance by many people. Besides a full stage of back up dancers of all ages, Pharrell then made his way to the audience to get help from some of the night’s biggest nominees.
Pharrell had actresses such as Amy Adams, Meryl Streep and “Best Supporting Actress” Lupita Nyong’O dancing alongside him. And yes, of course the singer had his infamous hat that was made famous at the Grammy’s this year.
All in all this performance was upbeat, fun, colorful and very well put together…considering it was made for Despicable Me 2. It was kid friendly and very genre appropriate.
(I’m sorry I couldn’t find a video that worked with Pharrell’s performance.)
“The Moon Song”-Karen O ft. Ezra Koenig
The song feature in the Oscar nominated film “Her” was very well performed. The stage was set up beautifully with a nice scene of the moon behind the singers as they sat in the front of the stage singing to nothing but a guitar.
I will say this. I didn’t know who either of these people were but this performance was hands down one of my favorite performances of the night. It was subtle, sweet, beautiful and this girl’s voice is FLAWLESS. It has this soft, and lower tone that is very soothing.
Also there is the fact that when the guitarist, Vampire Weekend’s front man Ezra Koenig, jumped in they worked very well together. It was a nice harmony and it was just breath taking. Not to mention Karen O’s dress was so beautiful.
I’m not going to lie. I’m not a big fan of U2, but they performed their song for the movie Mandela tonight. I didn’t quite get to catch their performance so I really don’t have an opinion on it. So that is my fault I fell short, but they did perform tonight.
“Let it Go”-Idina Menzel
Now the greatest thing about Idina Menzel’s performance is the introduction that was made by actor John Travolta. When the actor announced the singer to step out and sing the winning song “Let it Go” from “Frozen” he announced her as Adela Dazeem.
From there one of the biggest moments of the night was created.
But aside from all that drama the beautiful songstress pulled through and showed us why the song was worthy of being the winner of the night.
Menzel belted out the new Disney Classic and shut down the house. This hand to be the greatest performance of the night and as always Menzel delivered and proved why she is one of the best.
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”-P!nk
Singer P!nk helped in paying tribute to the classic movie musical “The Wizard of Oz” by singing the icon song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Between the emotional feel of having Judy Garland’s children in the audience to the montage of scenes from the movie to the singer’s great vocals and beautiful red dress this performance took my vote as my favorite performance of the night.
“The Wizard of Oz” has always been one of my favorite musicals and I think that P!nk did an amazing job tonight. She has such a powerful and soulful voice that I loved the decision behind this.
Great tribute, great singer and emotional performance. Good job P!nk!
“Wind Beneath My Wings”-Bette Midler
As part of the “In Memoriam” section of the show the icon and legendary Bette Midler performed the hit song “Wind Beneath my Wing”
I will say that vocally Midler did awesome. She was on point, and every note was moving and very beautifully delivered. Also she looked very gorgeous and showed that aging isn’t always bad.
Besides that this performance was perfect and very emotional. It was the best song and performer for the moment and the sentiment that was supposed to be felt.
I enjoyed this performance very much and think that this is going to be talked about for a while.
If you didn’t get to catch the awards I hope this post allowed you to enjoy the songs as much as I did. Until next year that is a wrap for this season’s Oscars.