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Tegan and Sara, Andy Samberg’s Lonely Island to Perform ‘Everything Is Awesome’ at the Oscars

The booking means that all five nominated songs will be performed on the show


The Canadian pop group Tegan and Sara, together with Andy Samberg’s comedy/music troupe the Lonely Island, will appear on this year’s Academy Awards to perform the Oscar-nominated “Lego Movie” song “Everything Is Awesome,” producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan announced on Friday.

The announcement came a week after Meron, Zadan and the Academy announced the performances of the other four nominated songs. They also revealed that “Let It Go” songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez will write a new song for host Neil Patrick Harris.

“Everything Is Awesome” is a centerpiece of “The Lego Movie,” and is designed to be the kind of mind-numbingly repetitive but insanely catchy song that keeps residents in the movie’s fictional setting from questioning authority.

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In the film, it is heard in a number of versions, and is credited to Shawn Patterson, with additional lyrics by Joshua Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton and the Lonely Island, which is made up of Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone and is best known for its digital shorts on “Saturday Night Live.”

The Oscar nomination went solely to Patterson.

The main version in the film is performed by Jo Li, a group comprising Bartholomew and Harriton, and the Lonely Island. The end-credits version is recorded by Tegan and Sara featuring the Lonely Island, who tweeted a special graphic timed with the Oscars performance announcement.

Songs from animated movies have been a mainstay in the Oscar song category for decades, providing two of last year’s nominees (including the winner, “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen”). Since 1990, toon tunes have been responsible for 32 nominations and nine wins.

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Three of the other nominees will be performed on the Oscars by the singers who originated them: “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again” by Adam Levine, “Glory” from “Selma” by John Legend and Common, and “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” by Rita Ora.

Tim McGraw will perform “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me” in the place of Campbell, who has Alzheimer’s disease and is unable to perform.

The 87th Academy Awards will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.


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