February 23, 2015


Oscar Night: "Everything Is Awesome," Lady Gaga, Common & John Legend

It seems like the GRAMMYs were yesterday, but the Oscars actually happened on Sunday night. Turned out TV's latest show stage was still set for giant musical performances, even on a night meant to honor movies. Right off the bat: Lady Gaga performed a Sound of Music medley, which blew us allll the way away. Watch the video up top.

Common and John Legend were also in the house to perform Selma's anthem, "Glory." The track went on to win Best Original Song. Check out the emotional, masterful performance here:

The Lego Movie's "Everything Is Awesome" lost the Best Original Song race, but it handily won the (imaginary, non-corporeal) award for Craziest Thing to Grace the Stage All Night. The positivity-based banger kicked off with a stoic choir of, er, Lego people, before Tegan & Sara started busting out the right-off-the-bat refrain. Then the Lonely Island jumped out in powder blue suits and everything was sincerely, mind-blowingly awesome.

Dubstep Guitar Batman (Will Arnett) and Zorro-masked Questlove showed up for cameos, too, as did Devo cofounder Mark Mothersbaugh. And some exuberant cowboys and astronauts gave Oprah, Steve Carell, and Channing Tatum each a Lego Oscar, which will ideally be displayed more prominently than any real gold awards said celebrities may own.

Performances also came in from Adam Levine ("Lost Stars"), Rita Ora ("Grateful"), Jennifer Hudson ("I Can't Let Go") and Tim McGraw ("I'm Not Gonna Miss You"). See 'em all at Billboard.

Can we rewind to "Everything Is Awesome" for a second, though, to wonder if those dancing possums could give Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show's amazing dancing sharks a run for their animal-money? (Oh, and those breakdancing construction workers? The Academy gave them all Best Supporting Actor trophies. Probably.)