March 2, 2014


Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koening Joins 2014 Oscars Performance Lineup

Don Arnold / WireImage
Don Arnold / WireImage

The 2014 Academy Awards are shaping up to be a stylistically diverse musical night. It was just revealed that Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koening will join previously-announced performer Karen O on her rendition of her Best Original Song nominee "The Moon Song" from Her. (This is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman's first oscar nom.)

Meanwhile, Pink will take the Oscar stage for what the show's producers describe as "a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast.” And two-time Oscar nominee Bette Midler will also perform, although neither singers' song choices have been revealed.

U2 will also take the stage for their Oscar-nominated Nelson Mandela tribute "Ordinary Love." This is the Irish rockers' second Oscar nomination after losing to Eminem in 2003, when 8 Mile's "Lose Yourself" bested Gangs of New York's "The Hands That Built America" for Best Original Song. 

On the animated front, Broadway superstar/Glee actress Idina Menzel will perform "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. The iconic "Defying Gravity" vocalist from Wicked voices the Snow Queen, Elsa, in the hit film. This will be Menzel's first TV performance of the Best Original Song nominee—which is currently at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

And finally, Pharrell will perform Despicable Me 2's bubbly R&B track "Happy," which, besides being Oscar-nominated is also currently No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's easy to see why the Neptunes/N.E.R.D. guru would be a big ratings draw: Who could forget his mountie hat at the GRAMMYs and his jam-out session with Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers

The Oscars are hosted by Ellen DeGeneres this year, airing Sunday, March 2.