Lady Gaga will perform her popular song “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick” during Sunday’s annual awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, according to multiple media sites.

Lady Gaga Won't Perform Oscar-Nominated 'Top Gun: Maverick' Song At  Ceremony – Deadline

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Although Gaga was previously said to be skipping the awards presentation owing to pressures on filming “Joker: Folie à Deux,” it appeared that the decision was made last-minute. In a press conference with the creative team on March 8, Oscars executive producer and showrunner Glenn Weiss first revealed Lady Gaga wouldn’t be singing.

“We invited all five nominees. We have a great relationship with Lady Gaga and her camp. She is in the middle of shooting a movie right now,”  Weiss remarked at the time, referring to “Joker: Folie à Deux,” the follow-up to 2019’s “Joker.”

“Here, we are honoring the movie industry and what it takes to make a movie after a bunch of back and forth,” he added. “It didn’t feel like she can get a performance to the caliber that we’re used to with her and that she is used to. So, she is not going to perform on the show.”


After nominations for “Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground” and “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” both of which she performed at the ceremony, Gaga is now the first artist to garner three nods in the category. She also gave a medley performance of four songs from “The Sound of Music” in 2015 to celebrate the movie’s 50th anniversary.

Hold My Hand is one of “Top Gun: Maverick’s” six nominations, which also include the best picture. Gaga expressed her gratitude to the Academy for the nomination on Instagram back in January. She wrote “Thank you so much to the Academy for nominating my song ‘Hold My Hand’ for an Oscar this year! Writing this song for the film ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ was a deep and powerful experience that I will never forget.”

All of this year’s best original song nominees, 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”), have officially been announced for performances at the Oscars.

The Oscars 2023 will be live-streamed on ABC on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. PT from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Published by HOLR Magazine

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