Last night’s 88th Academy Awards was heavy on controversy and short on musical performances. But thankfully, it was quality over quantity when it came to the tunes.
Though only three of the five songs nominated for Best Original Song were performed, those performances stole the night.
Sam Smith took home the big award for his James Bond theme for Spectre with The Writings On The Wall. Smith kept his performance simple, singing in front of a screen showing shots from the 2015 film.
The Weeknd made double history last night, taking home his first Oscar nomination and being the only non-white nominee in a major category. Though the Canadian singer didn’t win, he did bring sexy back to the Academy Awards with his group of female dancers in lingerie during Earned It.
Lady Gaga took home the award for most moving moment of the night with her performance of Til It Happens For You. Written for the documentary The Hunting Ground, which looks at the epidemic of rape on college campuses, the performance concluded with Gaga being joined on stage by a group of sexual assault survivors who donned inspirational messages on their arms.
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