Gwyneth Paltrow, Mandy Moore Bring Songs Back to the Oscar Show

After a year in which the songs weren’t performed, producers opt to put original artists onstage at the Kodak

Last Updated: February 4, 2011 @ 12:05 PM

The one-year experiment in leaving song performances off the Oscar show has ended, with the show's producers announcing on Friday that the four nominated songs will be performed on the 83rd Academy Awards.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Mandy Moore, Randy Newman, A.R. Rahman and Zachary Levy are among those who'll take the stage of the Kodak Theater to perform the songs. In all but one case, the performers on the Oscar show will be the same ones who were on the original versions of the songs. 

Gwyneth Paltrow1998 Best Actress winner Paltrow, who plays a country singer in "Country Strong," will perform the song "Coming Home" from that film.

Moore and Levy, who provided the voices of the two lead characters in the animated film "Tangled," will duet on that film's ballad "I See the Light," accompanied by multi-Oscar winning songwriter Alan Menken on the piano.

Newman, whose nomination for the "Toy Story 3" song "We Belong Together" is his 20th (with one win), will perform on the show for the 10th time.

The only performer who will not reprise his or her role on the original recording is Dido, who appears on the movie version of "If I Rise" from "127 Hours." That film's composer, A.R. Rahman, will be accompanied on the Oscar show by Florence Welch from the band Florence + the Machine.

At last year's Oscar show, producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman opted not to have the songs performed on the telecast. Instead, clips were shown of the movie scenes in which the songs were used. That marked the first time since 1989 that the songs had not been performed, and drew widespread criticism from the music community. 

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