Timberlake, Sting, John Legend to perform at Oscars

Los Angeles, Feb 11 (IANS) Oscar nominees Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sting and Justin Timberlake, and 2014 Oscar winner John Legend will perform at the 89th annual Academy Awards here later this month.

Miranda will be joined by actress-singer Auli’i Cravalho to perform the nominated “Moana” track “How far I’ll go”, reports variety.com.

Musician Sting will perform “The empty chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story”. The song was co-written with three-time nominee J. Ralph.

Singer-actor Timberlake will perform “Can’t stop the feeling!” from “Trolls”. He shares music and lyric credits with Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster.

Singer Legend will perform both nominated tunes from “La La Land” – “Audition (The fools who dream)” and “City of stars”. The two songs were performed by the film’s lead actors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling respectively in the film.

Legend’s own “La La Land” track “Start a fire” was not nominated.

He previously won for the song “Glory” from “Selma”.

“We are thrilled to welcome these world-class artistes to the Oscars,” show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said in a joint statement.

“These performances will not only celebrate the five extraordinary nominated original songs, but also the integral part music plays in movies.”

The 89th Academy Awards will be held on February 26 here.