Watch U2, Pharrell Williams, Karen O & More Shine In Oscar Performances Brandon Caldwell March 3, 2014 Live Performances, TV/Movies Sunday night belonged to Hollywood once more as the 86th Academy Awards played host to not only some of the best in film from 2013 but some of the best music from such films. From a superproducer with an album on the way to “the biggest rock band in the world”, there was plenty of variety to enjoy on stage Sunday night. U2 went unplugged for their performance of “Ordinary Love” from the Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and had the crowd giving them an ovation before they could even finish playing. While Bono stood on the lip of the stage and had The Edge playing behind him, the feel of the performance wrapped itself in subtlety, though not quite as cool as their Fallon performance with The Roots last month. Pharrell Williams and his oversized Vivanne Westwood hat returned to the stage to perform “Happy” from the Despiclable Me 2 soundtrack as well as the lead single to his G I R L album due tomorrow. Flanked by plenty of Grease inspired backup dancers, Williams had his fun singing to the various women in the front row including Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Lupita Nyong’o. The hat also made its own singular appearance during the telecast as Ellen Degeneres passed the hat around like a collection plate for a pizza she had ordered mid-show. Karen O of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs may have spent the shortest amount of time on stage as she in a flowing red gown pulled off “The Moon Song” from Her. With Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig playing next to her, Oh made sure the song remained gentle and reflective. However, none of those three performances can say they also took home the Oscar for Best Song. That honor belongs to Idina Menzel for “Let It Go” from the animated film Frozen. Showing off her Broadway honed pipes, the singer almost tore the Dolby Theater down with an emphatic final note that pretty much put an exclamation point on her victory. Elsewhere Pink along with the children of film star Judy Garland paid tribute to the 75th anniversary of The Wizard Of Oz with a performance of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. No, she didn’t necessarily need to perform in her usual aerobatic get up but the pageantry of the film and the moment itself did all the theatrics necessary. Share this:TweetShare on Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.