Oscars 2019 will see Queen perform with Adam Lambert
The Oscars, the biggest award show of the season, has been riddled with controversy this year. However, the show just got a little bigger with the announcement that Queen will perform during the ceremony on February 24, 2019. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made the announcement that the British rock band would be performing at the 91st Oscars. Here's more.
For their Oscars performance, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor of Queen is going to perform with American Idol favorite Adam Lambert. Notably, Lambert has been rocking out with the iconic band since 2011 and the three have regularly embarked on worldwide gigs.
It is unsurprising that Queen has agreed to perform at the Oscars this year. Bohemian Rhapsody, the film by Bryan Singer, has gained critical and commercial acclaim. The biopic about their band's frontman, Freddie Mercury, is up for five awards this year including major categories like Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek, who has portrayed Mercury excellently on the screen.
Queen joins an impressive list of performances including Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga singing Shallow from A Star is Born, Jennifer Hudson singing I'll Fight from RBG. Other performers include David Rawlings and Gillian Welch crooning When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Bette Midler will perform The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns.
Queen might be taking the stage this Oscars to celebrate the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, but the film is facing controversy due to the sexual assault allegations against Singer, the director. Though some people including Queen's guitarist, May, have remained loyal to Singer, this scandal has polarized viewers, with main man Malek himself extending support to those who are speaking out against the director.