Sunday, February 21, 2016


It had been previously announced that pop stars the Weeknd, Sam Smith and Lady Gaga were invited to perform their nominated songs on the 2016 Oscars telecast next Sunday. Now, it's just been revealed that the other two nominees, J. Ralph & Antony Hegarty and David Lang were NOT invited to perform their songs.

The lame excuse is due to "time constraints" but I must ask when has the Oscars ever seriously been concerned about time? With the show to surely run well over three hours long, what's another ten minutes to give these performers their deserved moment in the spotlight? The real reason is clearly because these nominees are relatively unknown and their songs are not conventional enough to fit comfortably in to the star-filled evening. I think it's shameful, a disgrace and completely unfair. It should be all or nothing!

Let me get off my soapbox and let you listen to the two nominees snubbed from the show:

Simple Song #3” from "Youth" (Music and Lyric by David Lang)

Manta Ray” from "Racing Extinction" (Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty)

And here are the other nominees:

Earned It” from "Fifty Shades of Grey" (Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio)

Til It Happens to You” from "The Hunting Ground" (Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga)

Writing’s on the Wall” from "Spectre" (Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith)


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