Divine Miss M will sing for the first time on the telecast
Bette Midler will touch down on the Oscars stage next week, producers for the Academy Awards broadcast said.
The Divine Miss M will perform an unspecified number, marking her first time singing on the broadcast. Midler previously appeared as both a presenter and a Best Actress nominee for “The Rose” and “For the Boys.” She joins a list of musical performers that includes Pharrell Williams and Idina Menzel.
“We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” said Oscar Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”
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Zadan and Meron, the team behind “Chicago” and “Hairspray”, also produced last year's Oscar show, which included a tribute to movie musicals and Barbra Streisand singing the theme to “The Way We Were.”
So which number will Midler dust off? “Friends”? “Wind Beneath My Wings”?
Find out when the Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, airs Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.