John Legend performs La La Land songs at Oscars
The city of stars was shining bright on John Legend as he took the stage to perform tunes from La La Land at the 89th annual Academy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles.
The singer, who was featured in the best picture nominee as an old friend of lead character Sebastian (played by Ryan Gosling), performed “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” which both received Best Original Song nods.
The performance kicked off with Legend at the piano as dancers glided across the stage. At one point, performers soared high above the stage amid clouds, bringing to life a memorable moment between Gosling and Emma Stone in the film. The moves are the work of choreographer Mandy Moore, who also choreographed the movie.
Though best actor and best actress nominees Gosling and Stone sing those songs in the film, Legend does perform his own track in La La Land, “Start a Fire,” which he wrote with Justin Hurwitz, Marius De Vries, and Angelique Cinelu.
Legend is no stranger to the Oscars stage. In 2015, he performed “Glory” from the movie Selma with Common, and the song went on to win Legend an Oscar for best original song.