John Young
February 13, 2009 AT 06:38 AM EST

Peter Gabriel has opted out of performing at this year’s Academy Awards, according to Variety. Gabriel was booked to sing “Down to Earth,” the nominated original song from WALL-E that he cowrote with composer Thomas Newman. But Oscar show producers Bill Condon and Laurence Mark are said to be cramming the song nominees into a medley format this year, which would have forced Gabriel to perform only one minute of his nearly six-minute tune. In response, Gabriel has simply declined to perform, although he still plans to attend the event.

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