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'Frozen' star Idina Menzel to perform 'Let It Go' at Oscars

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Singer/actress Idina Menzel will perform “Let it Go” from the Disney smash hit Frozen during the Oscars, ABC announced Tuesday, leaving no doubt that the film’s best-selling soundtrack has earned its place in pop culture history.

The animated fairy tale Frozen is up for two Oscar nominations. “Let it Go,” the flick’s theme song,  is a nominee in the Best Original Song Category alongside “Happy” (from Despicable Me 2), “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and “The Moon Song” (Her).

The Oscars – which will be broadcast live on Sunday, March 2 on ABC – marks the first time that Menzel will sing “Let it Go” for a global live audience.

“It’s really happening,” wrote Menzel on Twitter Tuesday morning. “I’m singing on the Oscars! Surreal.  Thank u frozen family and Oscar producers for this incredible opportunity.”

But despite calling the news “surreal,” Menzel – a Tony Award winner – seems to have already begun practice live renditions of “Let it Go” in anticipation of her performance on film’s biggest evening.

The 42-year-old – whose previous movie roles include “Enchanted”  and “Rent” – took to the stage last Sunday in Los Angeles as part of a live cabaret with fellow Frozen cast mates Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana, earning a standing ovation  from the audience with her solo performance of the catchy Disney tune.

Frozen — directed by Chris Buck and  Jennifer Lee — has proved to be a success for Disney , earning more than $900 million dollars at the box office worldwide. The film will be available for download on Feb. 25 and Blu-ray/DVD release on March 18.