Update, Tuesday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m.: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that they are also a member of the Beyhive. Beyoncé will perform at this Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, making this her sixth performance for the Academy. While the specifics of her song have not been announced, like the rumors of her singing from tennis courts in Compton, she will perform her nominated song, “Be Alive,” from King Richard. Other performances for the night include Encanto’s “Dos Oruguitas” with Sebastián Yatra, No Time To Die’s “No Time To Die” with Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, and Four Good Days’s “Somehow You Do” with Reba McEntire. According to a press release, Van Morrison was invited to perform “Down to Joy” from Belfast however could not attend due to tour schedules. The Oscars will air live on ABC and online Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT.
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After a few weeks of seemingly random celebrity presenters announced for this year’s Academy Awards, there may finally be an announcement worth getting excited about. Variety reports that the Academy is trying to land a performance from Beyoncé to open the show. The performance would reportedly take place at tennis courts in Compton, California, to celebrate where Venus and Serena Williams got their start. She’s nominated for Best Original Song for “Be Alive” from King Richard alongside Dixson. It’s her first Oscar nomination, but this wouldn’t be her first Oscars performance. Beyoncé performed three Best Original Song nominees (“Look to Your Path”, “Learn to be Lonely”, “Believe”) at the 2005 awards show; a medley alongside her Dreamgirls co-stars Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, and Keith Robinson in 2007 (“Love You I Do,” “Listen,” “Patience”); and in 2009 alongside performers including Hugh Jackman and Vanessa Hudgens to celebrate musicals. Beyoncé has a history of being secretive with her music; she dropped her self-titled album without warning in 2013 and started a trend of surprise releases for several years.