Seventeen-time Grammy victor Sting, who earned a Tony nomination for the score toThe Last Ship, will perform his nominated song "The Empty Chair" from the documentary Jim: The James Foley Story. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson won't be on hand to sing his song How Far I'll Go from Moana, but the song's composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (best known for his hit musical Hamilton) will take his place.
Jimmy Kimmel is hosting this year's ceremony, which will air February 26 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC. If Miranda wins the Oscar, he'll be one of the very few people ever got have won an EGOT: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.
The song has been featured as an original soundtrack in the animated movie Trolls in which he also voiced the character Branch.
Legend will perform both "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" and "City of Stars", from "La La Land" (music by Justin Hurwitz; lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul), dashing any hopes that stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling would do the honors. They will be sung by Grammy victor and La La Land performer John Legend. The last time Legend performed on the Oscar's stage was for his song, "Glory" from Selma which also won for the same night.
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Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, the producers of the show, said: "We're thrilled to welcome these world-class artists to the Oscars".
"These performances will not only celebrate the five extraordinary nominated original songs, but also the integral part music plays in movies", stated De Luca and Todd.
Previous year only three of the five nominees for Best Original Song were performed at the Oscars.