Adele will perform her Academy Award-nominated song “Skyfall” at the Oscars.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a press release today announcing that Adele, who wrote the song with Paul Epworth, will perform the Bond theme song on Feb. 24, 2013 during the live Oscar telecast at the Dolby Theater.
“Skyfall” is the first Bond theme song ever to debut in Billboard’s Top 10 and the first to be nominated for an Oscar since “For Your Eyes Only” in 1981.
“It’s an honour to be nominated and terrifyingly wonderful to be singing in front of people who have captured my imagination over and over again,” said the British singer in the press release. “It’s something I’ve never experienced and probably only ever will once!”
Adele’s performance should be a highlight of the Oscar telecast but not exactly a surprise; the Academy is celebrating half a century of Bond films with a special tribute. Also “Skyfall” won best original song at the Golden Globes where Adele made a memorable and giddy appearance to pick up her trophy but did not perform the song.
What would really be great is if they also manage to wrangle past Bond actors and the current one, Daniel Craig, onstage to commemorate the event.
This also means that probably all the Academy Award-nominated songs will be performed. This is a big change from last year when studios and Oscar fans griped because only two songs were nominated, Rio’s “Real in Rio” and The Muppet’s “Man or Muppet,” and the Academy didn’t see fit to have either of them performed during the telecast.