Babs in a 2012 file photo (Photo by: Evan Agostini/AP, file)
This year's Oscar producers are doing their best to make sure to entice, and hopefully satisfy, every demographic, starting with their adolescent male-courting host Seth MacFarlane, then adding in British songstress Adele to rope in the twentysomething pop-music-loving crowd and now with news that both songstress Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand will be singing during the 85th Academy Awards, our moms have a reason to watch.
Jones, who played herself in MacFarlane's R-rated comedy Ted, will be performing a track from the movie ("Everybody Needs a Best Friend"), which is up for Best Original Song. This is the first time Jones has performed at the Oscars and she expressed her enthusiasm via email statement: "Getting to perform it at such a prestigious event, which my friend is hosting, is a once in a lifetime opportunity."
Details on what Streisand will be doing during her portion of the Oscar telecast is less clear, with the show's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron simply saying they knew they wanted her involved in the planned salute to movie musicals. "In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honoured that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year's Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years."
Streisand last belted it out in 1977, singing the theme from A Star Is Born and winning the Best Original Song Oscar for "Evergreen" the same night, and returned to the big screen last year to play Seth Rogen's mother in the middling comedy The Guilt Trip.
Find out what Babs has in store for us during the live broadcast of the Academy Awards February 24.
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