This is the real life: Queen and Adam Lambert will rock the Oscars!
On Monday, the Academy announced that Queen and Lambert, who has served as the lead singer for the band since 2011, will take to the stage to perform during the Oscars ceremony. The Freddie Mercury-biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for star Rami Malek who played the glam rocker in the movie and has already won a Golden Globe and SAG Award for his portrayal. Bohemian Rhapsody also received the Golden Globe for Best Drama Motion Picture.
“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” the Academy tweeted on Monday, using the famous line from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to tease the news alongside a clip of Lambert and Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor performing the iconic intro clapping to the song. “We welcome @QueenWillRock and @adamlambert to this year’s #Oscars!”
Following a successful world tour from 2014-2018, which included a run of 10 sold-out shows at the MGM Park Theater in Las Vegas in September, the band and American Idol alum announced in December 2018 that they’d be hitting the road once again for a six-week North American tour, adding the success of Bohemian Rhapsody to their appeal. The Rhapsody Tour kicks off July 10 in Vancouver.
The 91st Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 24 and air live on ABC at 8 p.m ET/5 p.m. PT.