Bette Midler to perform at the Oscars for the first time, joining Best Original Song nominees
The Oscars is about to get some wind beneath its wings. Yesterday (Feb. 19), it was announced that legendary movie star/singer Bette Midler will be performing at this year's ceremony.
Shockingly, it will be the first time Midler will be taking the stage to sing at the Oscars, despite the fact that's she's been nominated for two little golden men for her roles in The Rose (1979) and For The Boys (1991), according to CBS. "We are thrilled to have Better perform on the Oscars for the very first time. We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening," producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a press statement.
Midler joins the Academy Awards' music lineup alongside this year's nominees. Pharrell Williams, U2, Karen O and Idina Menzel are all slated to perform their respective movie soundtrack contributions at the ceremony.
According to her Twitter, Midler's particular song hasn't been selected yet, nor has her role in the ceremony (though we're betting she'll be leading the "In Memorium"), and she's asked her fans for a bit of help. "Now that the news is out, what shall I sing at this year's #Oscars?" Midler tweeted to her 534,000 followers.
Whatever she does, it's sure to be golden.
The 2014 Academy Awards will take place on March 2 in Hollywood. Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres returns as the show's host.