Lady Gaga is expected to make a surprise appearance at the Oscars on Sunday night to perform “Hold My Hand,” the Oscar-nominated song from “Top Gun: Maverick,” according to several insiders associated with Variety on condition of anonymity.
The decision appeared to be a last-minute back-and-forth, as it was initially reported that Gaga would skip the awards show due to demands on the filming of “Joker: Folie à Deux”. Oscars executive producer and showrunner Glenn Weiss first stated that Gaga would not be performing at a press conference held by the creative team on March 8.
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“We have a great relationship with Lady Gaga and her camp. She is currently shooting a movie. Here we are honoring the movie industry and what it takes to make a movie after a lot of back and forth… It didn’t feel like she could get a performance of the caliber we’ve come to expect from her and she’s used to . So she’s not going to perform on the show,” Weiss said.
With Gaga now in the tent, all of this year’s Best Original Song nominees have been confirmed for performances at the Oscars, including Rihanna (“Lift Me Up”), Sofia Carson and Diane Warren (“Applause”), Stephanie Hsu, David Byrne and Son Lux (“This Is a Life”) and Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava (“Naatu Naatu”).
Gaga’s nomination for “Hold My Hand” makes her the first artist to receive three nominations in the category after nominations for “Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground” and “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” both of which she performed on the broadcast. In 2015, she also performed a four-song medley of “The Sound of Music” in honor of that movie on its 50th anniversary.
“Shallow” won the award in 2019, earning Gaga her first Oscars along with co-writers Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt, and Anthony Rossomando. The commercially successful song also won a Golden Globe, an award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and a Grammy. That same year, Gaga was also nominated in the Best Actress category for her performance in ‘A Star Is Born’.
“Hold My Hand” is one of six nominations that “Top Gun: Maverick” received, including Best Picture.
The Oscars will be broadcast live from Hollywood’s Dolby Theater on ABC Sunday night at 5 p.m.
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