Oscar’s Top 20: Charting The Best Musical Moments In The History Of The Academy Awards Telecast – Deadline x Rolling Stone

Oscar’s Top 20: Charting The Best Musical Moments In The History Of The Academy Awards Telecast – Deadline x Rolling Stone
As part of Deadline x Rolling Stone, a special issue of our AwardsLine print magazine dedicated to music in cinema, Noel Murray runs through the 20 Best Oscar music moments.

For most of the history of the Academy Awards, the musical numbers have been at once glitzy and sappy, featuring fresh-scrubbed young dancers in spangled costumes, spinning and kicking behind a couple of old Hollywood stars. But every now and then, amid all the schmaltz, the producers of the Oscars telecasts have set aside some airtime to showcase some of the best singers and the snappiest songs of their eras.

Beginning in the 1970s especially, the Academy began opening up more to rock ’n’ roll and R&b, around the same time that the producers started asking the Best Original Song nominees’ original artists to perform. Ever since, the show has featured some the music industry’s biggest stars, alongside a
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