Groban Happy To See Music 'Get Its Due' At Oscars
By ZACH SEEMAYER
March 03, 2014
This year at the Oscars, musical performances played a large role, and opera singer Josh Groban, one of many celebs attending the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar-viewing party, couldn't have been more excited to see music get the recognition it deserves from the iconic awards show.
"I'm glad that they're actually putting a focus on making sure the song category gets it's due," said Groban, 33. "When I had a song that was nominated, it was kind of an afterthought… But music is a huge part of film. As a fellow musician I'm glad that they're using that as a big part of it this year."
Groban's Believe, which he performed and which was written by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri, was nominated for Best Original Song at the 77th Academy Awards in 2005 for its use in the film The Polar Express. Groban performed the song live with Beyonce during the show.
This year, all four songs nominated for Oscars were performed, either with large, bombastic numbers like Pharrell Williams' performance of his song Happy from the film Despicable Me 2, or the more toned-down numbers like Karen O singing The Moon Song from the film Her.
U2 rocked the stage performing Ordinary Love from the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and Idina Menzel stunned the crowd with her beautiful song Let It Go from Frozen. Finally, Pink sang the classic Somewhere Over The Rainbow in tribute to Judy Garland and the 75th anniversary of The Wizard Of Oz
Check out the video for more from the celebs at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 22nd Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party.