Lady Gaga Won’t Perform at the Oscars, Lenny Kravitz to Lead “In Memoriam” Segment

Lady Gaga with her Oscar award for best original song
Lady Gaga with her Oscar award for best original song, "Shallow." Photo by Andrew H. Walker/BEI/REX/Shutterstock (10117224jv)

Lady Gaga is one of the nominees at this year’s Oscars, but we won’t get to watch her perform live. The Academy announced she won’t perform her best song nominee “Hold My Hand”, while also revealing that Lenny Kravitz will be in charge of leading the “In Memoriam” tribute.

There was a lot of uncertainty surrounding Gaga’s performance, and she stayed quiet even after the rest of the best song-nominated artists confirmed they’ll take part in the ceremony. She eventually told the producers she’ll attend the ceremony, but she won’t have time to prepare a musical number because she’s busy shooting Joker: Folie à Deux alongside Joaquin Phoenix.

Lady Gaga is no stranger to performing at the Oscars, and this marks her third best original song nomination. She previously delivered powerful performances of the Diane Warren collaboration “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground and “Shallow” from A Star Is Born.

The list of performers at the Oscars on Sunday will include Rihanna (“Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), Sofia Carson and Diane Warren (“Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman), David Byrne, Son Lux, and Stephanie Hsu (“This Is a Life” from Everything Everywhere All at Once), and Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava (“Naatu Naatu” from RRR). Lenny Kravitz is also set to perform during the “In Memoriam” segment.