Last year deeply sucked on many levels, not least of all because of the seemingly endless stream of pop-culture deaths. Anyone tackling tributes to these monumental losses, therefore, better be a pro and a half. Thankfully, this Sunday’s Academy Awards will bring out the big guns in the form of expert emotional chanteuse Sara Bareilles. Bareilles, who is about to step into the lead role in Waitress — the Tony-nominated Broadway show she wrote the music for — will perform during the Oscars’ In Memoriam segment. It’s not yet clear which song (or songs) the Grammy-nominated Bareilles will be performing, but given the circumstances she will certainly be up there for a while. In fact, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that an extended version of the broadcast segment, with over 200 individuals acknowledged, will be available online after the show. The ceremony itself airs on ABC this Sunday starting at 8:30 p.m. eastern, and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
Sara Bareilles. Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images