Lady Gaga Put Pressure On The Academy To Allow All The Best Song Nominees To Perform; Will Perform “Shallow” With Bradley Cooper

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Lady Gaga promised she and Bradley Cooper will perform “Shallow” at the Oscars if it gets nominated, and Mother Monster came through.

Gaga and Bradley will perform “Shallow” at the upcoming Oscars, The Academy confirms. Their duet was nominated for best song.

Last year, Variety asked Gaga if “Shallow” gets nominated, will she and Cooper perform it? “One hundred percent,” Gaga said at the time. She’s a woman of her word!

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Cooper agreed and upped the ante. He said they’ll brainstorm something unexpected for the alleged performance.

“We talked about that actually, because I’m such a maniac,” Cooper added. “I started texting her the whole pitch of how we should do it. So we’ll see. There might be a cool, unorthodox way we could perform it.”

Gaga was also nominated for Best Actress. Read more about that here.



It’s worth mentioning Gaga put pressure on The Academy to allow all five acts nominated in the best song category to perform. According to a report from Deadline, Gaga felt like allowing only her and one other act to perform their song was them forecasting who would win, and she felt it was unfair. Gaga / her reps said if they don’t allow all the acts to participate, she wouldn’t perform. They caved, and all five will perform truncated versions of their songs. That means Jennifer Hudson will perform the RBG docu theme “I’ll Fight,” along with the Willie Watson-Tim Blake Nelson tune “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and the nominated Mary Poppins Returns tune “The Place Where Lost Things Go” will be featured.

Related: All Choked Up: Watch Lady Gaga’s Video For “Always Remember Us This Way”

Gaga’s 2019 awards season is already quite impressive. She took home wins at the National Board of Review, the Golden Globes and The Critics’ Choice Awards. Elsewhere, the Recording Academy announced she’s up for an astounding five awards at the Grammys, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year, as well as Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written For Visual Media. Her album title track, “Joanne,” received a nod in the Best Pop Solo Performance category.

Set your DVRs! The Oscars air February 24th.


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