In a moving tribute, Sara Bareilles helped the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences honor the many Hollywood icons who died in 2016 with a poignant performance of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides, Now” during the special In Memoriam tribute.
The Grammy- and Tony-nominated singer took the stage at the 89th annual Oscars on Sunday in Los Angeles alongside her signature piano to sing the tune beneath a montage of late stars, including Carrie Fisher, Gene Wilder, and Garry Marshall.
Bareilles was introduced by actress Jennifer Aniston, who also paid tribute to actor Bill Paxton, whose death due to complications from surgery was reported earlier Sunday. “As was our beloved friend who left us yesterday, Bill Paxton, all were loved and all will be missed,” Aniston said.
Following Bareilles’ performance, the academy published a photo gallery to recognize more than 200 Hollywood figures that have recently died.
In recent years, the In Memoriam tribute has been performed by Dave Grohl, who sang “Blackbird” in 2016, Bette Midler, who sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” in 2014, and Esperanza Spalding, who sang “What A Wonderful World” in 2012.