Top 3 Musical Performances from Oscars 2014

View Comments(0)

Did you catch the awards show last night? In case you missed it: Ellen DeGeneres played host; Jennifer Lawrence fell on the way into the venue; there was plenty of selfie-taking (including this gem); and we got to see A-list actors eat pizza. Oh, plus a bunch of awards were given out or whatever.

So that pretty much catches you up to speed on the ceremony portion. But in addition to that, there were several musical performances. While music may seem out of place at an award show created strictly to pay homage to the film industry, most of the performances were actually of the songs nominated for "Best Original Song." There was also an impromptu number by Darlene Love and an "In Memoriam" tribute. Here are the top 3 from last night's show:

Pharrell, "Happy"

Pharrell and his infamous hat kicked off the evening's performances. "Happy," which was on the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack, is a fun, upbeat song that received an equally fun and upbeat performance by Pharrell. It featured a bunch of young kids dancing around onstage; Pharrell himself ventured into the audience and brought some of the A-listers to their feet, including Lupita N'yongo, Amy Adams, and Meryl Streep. Plus: we can't forget the minions on the giant screen at the back of the stage. Cute!

Idina Menzel, "Let It Go"

Things got a little weird just before this performance when John Travolta introduced Idina Menzel as "Adele Dazeem". But that didn't stop Menzel — who played the original Elphaba in Broadway's Wicked — from channeling Elsa in this live performance of "Let It Go," the title track from "Frozen."

U2, "Ordinary Love"

U2 performed an acoustic version of their song, "Ordinary Love." This isn't the first time the band has performed the slowed-down version of this song, but the simple arrangement is a nice change of pace. The song comes from "Mandela," the biopic about Nelson Mandela starring Idris Elba.

What did you think of the performances last night?