Blige, the first person to be nominated for acting and composing in the same year, will be performing her song "Mighty River", which she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson. The track, nominated in the Best Original Song category, has been composed and penned by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. On Friday the Academy announced performances scheduled for the 90th Oscars ceremony.
"We're excited to have these talented artistes showcase the powerful contribution music makes to filmmaking".
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Both Common and Diane, who's up for her ninth Oscar, noted the song's political relevance in the wake of the high school shooting in Florida earlier this month.More news: Diebold Nixdorf (DBD) Receives Daily News Impact Rating of 0.07
Common wrote his Oscar-nominated song Stand Up for Something in response to President Donald Trump's inauguration.
Several African-American entertainers are among the original singers of the year's five Oscar-nominated songs that will be reprised live on the Oscars stage. Gael García Bernal, Natalia Lafourcade, and Miguel will perform "Remember Me" from Coco, which is also nominated for Best Animated Feature Film. He (and John Legend) previously won an Oscar in 2014 for "Glory" from the film "Selma".More news: Myanmar bulldozed scores of Rohingya villages, says human rights group
The 90th Annual Oscars - hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel for the second consecutive year - kick off March 4 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.More news: Stay lifted for convicted killer Doyle Hamm; execution can proceed tonight