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Surprise! Lady Gaga Will Perform ‘Hold My Hand’ at the Oscars After All

After all, Lady Gaga fitted an Oscars performance into her schedule.

The Oscar-winning pop star is expected to perform the Oscar-nominated power ballad “Hold My Hand” at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday. The song is from the best picture nominee “Top Gun: Maverick.”

During a press conference last week, executive producer and Oscar showrunner Glenn Weiss disappointed little monsters everywhere when he revealed that Gaga would be skipping the awards show due to filming demands for “Joker: Folie.” à Deux”.

“We invited the five nominees. We have a great relationship with Lady Gaga and her love,” Weiss said in her opening statement.

“She is in the middle of filming a movie right now. Here, we’re honoring the movie industry and what it takes to make a movie after a lot of back and forth. … It didn’t seem like she could get a performance of the caliber that we’re used to with her and that she’s used to. So, she won’t be acting on the show.”

With Gaga now taking the stage, all five of this year’s nominated Original Songs will be performed during the ceremony. It will be the first Oscar show in three years to include performances of all the nominated songs.

The other nominees are “Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman,” which will be performed by Sofia Carson and Diane Warren; “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” performed by Rihanna; “This Is a Life” from “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” performed by Stephanie Hsu, David Byrne and Son Lux; and “RRR’s “Naatu Naatu” performed by Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava. Gaga shares her nomination for “Hold My Hand” with musician BloodPop.

This will be the fourth time that Gaga has performed at the Oscars. In 2015, she performed a four-song medley from “The Sound of Music” to celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary.

In 2016, then-Vice President Joe Biden featured Gaga’s rendition of the nominated song “Til It Happens to You” from the sexual assault documentary “The Hunting Ground.”

She and Bradley Cooper gave a memorable 2019 performance of “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” which won the Oscar that night.

Jimmy Kimmel will host the 95th Academy Awards on Sunday at the Dolby Theater in Ovation Hollywood, and the show will be televised live on ABC.