The Academy Awards aren’t just for movies.
Throughout the storied history of the Oscars, there has been a wealth of spectacular musical performances that captivated the audience and the millions watching at home.
Lionel Richie and Diana Ross, “Endless Love,” 1982
Donning a black tuxedo, Richie gracefully hit every note while maintaining his focus on Ross, fueling an incredibly palpable tension onstage.
Ross, in a white dress and adorned with bedazzling jewelry, provided the perfect accompaniment for Richie as they performed the iconic R&B classic.
Madonna, “Sooner or Later,” 1991
The Queen of Pop became the Queen of Jazz during the 63rd Academy Awards during her spectacular performance of “Sooner or Later.”
With every move carefully choreographed and every high note hit, Madonna’s jazz performance further proved why she is the musical icon that she is today.
Elton John, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” 1995
Well, can you?
Our favorite Rocketman, Elton John, performed the “Lion King” classic at the 67th Academy Awards.
In a show dominated by “Lion King” performances, John’s song ultimately took home the award of best original song that year.
Celine Dion, “My Heart Will Go On,” 1998
Has Celine Dion ever had a bad performance?
Performing in front of a heavenly orchestra adorned in white, the Canadian songstress took the stage at the 70th Academy Awards to perform a literal heart-pounding rendition of her classic song, “My Heart Will Go On.”
Robin Williams, “Blame Canada,” 2000
The late Robin Williams along with a horde of mounties took to the stage at the 72nd Academy Awards to perform “Blame Canada” — the hit song from the film “South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut.”
Unfortunately, the South Park track lost to Phil Collins’ “You’ll Be in My Heart” for best original song.
Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls” medley, 2007
Taking the stage for three songs, Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson captivated audiences with their performances of “Love You I Do,” “Listen” and “Patience” from the film “Dreamgirls.”
The performance of “Patience” also included “Dreamgirls” co-stars Anika Noni Rose and Keith Robinson.
Adele, “Skyfall,” 2013
Adele wowed the audience at the 85th Academy Awards with her performance of “Skyfall” — the titular theme song from the 2012 James Bond film.
“Skyfall” won best original song during the Academy Awards that year.
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, “Shallow,” 2019
Bradley Cooper successfully shed the skin of his “Hangover” days when he made his directorial debut in 2018 with “A Star is Born” — in which he co-starred alongside Lady Gaga.
Both Cooper and Gaga graced the stage at the 91st Academy Awards to deliver a performance of “Shallow” from the film, which received critical acclaim from the audience.
W Magazine wrote, "Cooper and Gaga's connection was so strong, at the end of their performance their mouths were a couple of breaths away from a kiss."