Karen O and Spike Jonze

Karen O The Academy sent out an announcement that Yeah Yea Yeahs lead singer Karen O will join the previously announced Original Song nominee performers Pharrell Williams, Indina Menzel and U2 on Oscar night.

She will sing the Oscar-nominated original song “The Moon Song,” which she wrote and composed for Spike Jonze’s film, “Her.” The three other nominated songs are “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

“The Moon Song,” with music by Karen O and lyrics by Karen O and Spike Jonze, was written for the film “Her,” directed by Jonze.

She previously co-wrote original songs for the soundtrack of Jonze’s 2009 film “Where the Wild Things Are,” receiving a Grammy nomination for the featured song “All Is Love.” Karen O has performed on numerous other soundtracks, including those for “Frankenweenie” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “I’m Not There.”

The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

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Paula Schwartz is a veteran journalist based in New York who is passionate about the movies. Her idea of heaven is watching three movies in a row. She’s written for various outlets, including the New York Times, Showbiz411, More and MovieMaker Magazine. For five seasons, she contributed to the New York Times seasonal movie blog, Carpetbaggers, where she covered major awards events and interviewed stars like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Helen Mirren.


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