Barbra Streisand has joined the lineup of performers at the 85th Academy Awards, which will be broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 24.
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced last week that the two-time Academy-Award winnger has “agreed to do a very special performance.”
Streisand, who is now 70, has not graced the Oscars with her powerhouse vocals since 1978, when she sang Evergreen, the love theme from “A Star is Born.”
Gosh, that is a beautiful song and watching it might make you sad, because one of the presenters, Andy Gibb, and, John Denver, who began singing the song before Streisand took over, are no longer with us.
She’s the latest blockbuster performer lined up for the Oscars telecast by Zadan and Meron, known for producing plays and musicals for film, TV and stage. The Academy Awards gals is one of the most widely-watched programs in the world.
Other acclaimed songstresses on the bill are Norah Jones, who will perform the Oscar-nominated song from Ted, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” and Adele, who will sing her nominated James Bond theme “Skyfall” at the gala.
These three songs are also up for the Best Original Song Oscar:
“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice (Music and Lyric by J. Ralph)
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi (Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri)
“Suddenly” from Les Misérables (Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil)