British rock band Queen performed live at this year’s Oscars ceremony, following the blockbuster success of best picture nominee Bohemian Rhapsody.
There is truly no better way to kick off the ceremony. Watch Queen and Adam Lambert rock it out…
— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) 25 February 2019
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) 25 February 2019
— DuckBert (@TheRealDuckBert) 25 February 2019
Wow….. this performance of ‘We Will Rock You’ looks like it was absolutely electric!
Adam Lambert looked amazing as he arrived at the red carpet, almost stealing the show in his sleek suit.
— E! News (@enews) 24 February 2019
Queen’s big news was announced on Twitter last week.
“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? We welcome @QueenWillRock and @adamlambert to this year’s Oscars!,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on its official Twitter feed.
The band, whose late frontman Freddie Mercury is the subject of Bohemian Rhapsody, is now made up of original members Brian May and Roger Taylor with former American Idol star Adam Lambert taking on vocals.
“Queen and @adamlambert will ROCK YOU,” the band tweeted in response.
Queen + @adamlambert will ROCK YOU! 👞👞 👏
— Queen (@QueenWillRock) 18 February 2019
Bohemian Rhapsody has five Academy Award nominations, including a best actor nod for Rami Malek, who takes on the role of Mercury in the film. Mercury died of AIDS in London in 1991 at the age of 45.
The movie has taken more than $US854 million ($A1.2 billion) at the global box office to become the most successful musical biopic ever.
Bohemian Rhapsody is not nominated for its songs or soundtrack, but other musical performances at the ceremony will include Lady Gaga and actor-director Bradley Cooper singing their Oscar-nominated song Shallow from the movie A Star Is Born,’ while Bette Midler will sing best original song contender The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns.
AAP and staff writers.
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