Oscars: Most of the Best Song Nominees Won’t Perform on Telecast (Exclusive)

Only two of this year’s five Oscar-nominated songs may be performed live on the Academy Awards show Feb.

24, Variety has learned.Multiple sources tell Variety that the two biggest chart hits — Kendrick Lamar and Sza’s “All the Stars” from “Black Panther” and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” — are the two chosen by Academy execs and show producers for performance on the telecast.The other three — “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns,” “I’ll Fight” from “Rbg” and “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” — would likely be acknowledged only during the announcement of the song nominees.

Rumors of their exclusion is already causing consternation among members of the music branch as well as among those nominees’ respective camps.The Academy declined specific comment except to say that no decision on song performances has been made yet.

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