The Academy just booked a powerhouse set of pipes to join the robust lineup of performers taking the stage at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony.
Show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced Thursday that Grammy- and Tony-nominated singer Sara Bareilles will take the stage at the Dolby Theatre during the Feb. 26 Academy Awards ceremony to perform a special In Memoriam tribute in honor of film industry figures who died over the last year.
“Sara’s unique artistry will honor those we’ve lost in our community including familiar faces and those behind the scenes who have enriched the art of moviemaking,” De Luca and Todd said via joint press statement.
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Shortly after Bareilles’ performance, the Academy will publish a photo gallery recognizing more than 200 recently deceased Hollywood professionals on Oscar.com.
After releasing three major label pop albums and three Top 40 singles (“Love Song,” “King of Anything,” “Brave”) between 2007 and 2013, Bareilles composed the music and lyrics for the 2015 stage musical Waitress, which was adapted from the late Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 film of the same name. She makes her debut as a Broadway actress in Waitress for a limited run beginning March 31 in New York City.
Justin Timberlake, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and John Legend are also scheduled to perform at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony.
The 2017 Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. ABC will broadcast the event beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.